Beginning in 2004, Lottsa Tax & Accounting Services, Inc. began donating $1 per individual tax return to a selected charity. This is an opportunity to express our support for these organizations and their activities. It's also a way to make their existence known to you, in hopes that you too will support them.
If you have suggestions for a future beneficiary of our donations, please let Scott or another Lottsa staff member know.
In 2019: Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness www.friends-bwca.org/
The mission of the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness is to protect, preserve and restore the wilderness character of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Quetico-Superior Ecosystem.
In 2018: Hispanic Federation: Unidos Disaster Relief and Recovery Program https://hispanicfederation.org/unidos/
UNIDOS works to to serve the immediate and long-term needs of families and communities in Puerto Rico that have been affected by Hurricane Maria.
In 2017: Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) https://www.splcenter.org/
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is a legal advocacy organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry. We have chosen SPLC for its work against white supremacist groups and hate groups, and its efforts to teach tolerance.
In 2016: American Refugee Committee http://www.arcrelief.org/site/PageServer
The American Refugee Committee is an international nonprofit, nonsectarian organization that has provided humanitarian assistance and training to millions of beneficiaries over the last 35 years. ARC works with refugee communities in 11 countries around the world, helping people regain control of their lives.
In 2015: Doctors Without Borders www.doctorswithoutborders.org
Doctors and nurses volunteer to provide urgent medical care in countries to victims of war and disaster regardless of race, religion, or politics. In this time of international turmoil, it's heartening to support the professionals who give their time and often risk their lives to serve some of the neediest among us. Their courage and service in the face of the Ebola epidemic in Africa is exemplary and deserving of our generous support.
In 2014: Oxfam www.oxfamamerica.org
This international relief organization delivers exceptional services for the dollars received. Oxfam works in 94 countries worldwide, seeking solutions for poverty, hunger, and injustice.
In 2013: Cookie Cart www.cookiecart.org
The Cookie Cart’s mission is: centered in a community nonprofit bakery, Cookie Cart builds better lives by providing lasting and meaningful work, life and leadership skills. The organization’s primary goal is to prepare young people to find and keep jobs in the 21st century workforce.
In 2012: Give Us Wings www.giveuswings.org
With an approach of transformation rather than merely direct aid, Give Us Wings funds community development projects, provides financial assistance and training for economic self-sufficiency, and funds educational and medical needs of adults and children in Africa.
In 2011: Doctors Without Borders www.doctorswithoutborders.org
See 2015, above.
In 2010: Metro Meals on Wheels http://www.meals-on-wheels.com/
Volunteers bring hot nutritious meals, a smile, a safety check, and independence to homebound individuals throughout the community. A fine organization providing a wonderful service.
In 2009: St Stephen's Homeless Shelter (repeat of '04 and '07) - www.ststephensmpls.org
This South Minneapolis shelter provides beds to 40 homeless men each night. Sadly, the demand for shelter far outstrips their available resources.
It is one of the travesties of our time that, in the wealthiest nation that the world has ever known, thousands of men, women, and children are without shelter each night and day.
In 2008: Feeding America http://www.feedingamerica.org/ (formerly America's Second Harvest)
"Our mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger." Many of our clients support this charity. We're glad to offer our support too.
In 2007: St Stephen's Homeless Shelter - www.ststephensmpls.org
See 2009, above, where this group was sponsored again.
In 2006: ARC of Minnesota http://www.lottsa.com/admin/www.archennepincarver.org
Here's a local organization that "work(s) to secure opportunities for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to live, learn, work, and play as they choose." Many clients donate clothes and household goods to them for re-sale at their Value Village outlets. They also provide employment opportunities for developmentally disabled teens and young adults. Scott and his family are proud members of this organization.
In 2005: Heifer International - www.heifer.org
Heifer's proven approach helps people throughout the world obtain a sustainable source of food and income. They insist that program participants "pass along the gift". They have an admirable record of caring for the earth and for the local ecologies in the communities where they work.
When preparing 2003 income tax returns, this was the most frequently named charitable organization among our clients. We are pleased to lend our support as well.
In 2004: St Stephen's Homeless Shelter - www.ststephensmpls.org
See 2009, above, where this group was sponsored again.
Two American women were outraged by the Bush Administration's decision to withhold $34 million of congressionally approved funds for UNFPA. In response, they initiated a campaign to find 34 million people willing to kick in $1 each to make up the deficit.
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is the world's largest international source of funding for population and reproductive health programs. Since they began operations in 1969, the Fund has provided nearly $6 billion in assistance to developing countries.