Traverse City Nonprofits Struggling With Decreased Donations, Store Slowdowns

Fundraising efforts are down in Northern Michigan, meaning possible changes to what they can offer those in need.

Goodwill and the Salvation Army in Traverse City have had a downturn in donations, along with slumping sales at their stores.

Now they are working to make sure services and programs will not be impacted.

“We’re just asking for more support so that we can continue to provide those services,” said Dan Buron, executive director for Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan.

Goodwill in Traverse City tells us their donations are down by about 29 percent, along with a slowdown in their stores.

Forcing them to make cuts at the administrative level.

“We did have to make some adjustments to our 401k, we actually suspended it last year and we had to eliminate a couple positions and those are always difficult decisions but we thought it was really important to preserve our commitment to the community and keeping the Goodwill going strong and street outreach and food rescue,” said Buron.

And the Salvation Army has seen a decrease in their donations.

At the end of their Red Kettle season, they were about $17,000 short of their goal.

Which means they could be forced to adjust the amount of people they can help.

“Our kettle fundraising provides for our good neighbor fund, our social service funds, a lot of the social service programs, the feeding program, the food pantry,” said Major Jeffery Russel. “All those funds go into it, our youth programs and to help with camp and for the summer children.”

Both organizations are committed to helping the community and doing whatever they can to make sure the people they serve are not impacted.

“We’ve been doing this for decades here in this community and we plan to continue to do it, we love it, we feel it’s a great opportunity for us to make a difference in this community,” said Buron.

To help the Salvation Army click here and to help Goodwill click here.

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