The Putnam County business community is very generous when it comes to charity. We have the highest amount of fundraisers, walks and relays per capita than any other County.
For example, the Mahopac Relay for life is coming up June 3rd, a wonderful community event and a great opportunity for local businesses to support the Cancer society. There are 655 not-for-profit organizations not including local sports teams, Girl Scouts and schools in Putnam County. The nonstop stream of organizations asking for financial air or other donations can be overwhelming, potentially putting a small business owner in a precarious position. Saying “No” to a local team or school fundraiser can be a very unpopular decision and be harmful to one’s business!
The Putnam County Chamber of Commerce is considering the establishment of a not-for-profit council, designed specifically to help those such organizations which join the Chamber. Such a council would allow for more promotional opportunity for the businesses that support these not-for-profits. Charitable organizations operate to fulfill their missions, not to make money, but are allowed to create and maintain a strong reserve. These organizations are a huge part of the Putnam County economy and culture, with Hospital, healthcare providers, cultural organizations charitable foundations, non-government social agencies all making our county a better place to work and live. The council could assist in dealing with the tax laws, regulatory burdens, workforce training and more that impact the success of nonprofit organizations. If interested in being a part of this council please call me.
Some businesses aggressively support charities on their own. This July 8, Mahopac Marine is hosting an annual Armed Forces Appreciation Festival, to raise donations for local disabled American veterans and to show appreciation for all the men and women who serve in our armed forces, both active duty and veterans. There will be activities all day long including free food for military personnel and veterans. Sponsorship and donation opportunities are available. Email Charlie Melchner for more details firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845 628-6550.
-Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, “A business advocacy group”