The Missouri Children’s Trust Fund is using social media to help with end-of-year fundraising efforts. In addition to the traditional means of collecting donations, we’re turning to Facebook Causes. The fundraising application allows Facebook members to donate or promote a cause by posting about it on their profile, thereby sharing it with their contacts. Donations are collected by Facebook and distributed to the non-profit designated to receive them. CTF works to prevent child abuse and neglect by promoting strong and stable families. Through new technologies like Facebook Causes, CTF is able to spread the prevention message to a wider audience. Anyone who is a member of Facebook can join the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund Cause.
December marks the final opportunity to make a CTF tax deductible donation for the 2010 income tax period. Making end-of year donations is a great way for individuals to help themselves and support a worthy cause at the same time. CTF does not receive any general revenue funding from the State of Missouri. Funding is received from general donations and the sale of the CTF specialty license plate, in addition to a federal grant, dedicated fees on marriage licenses and vital records, and voluntary contributions on the Missouri state income tax returns.
Some of the programs that will benefit from funds donated to CTF include:
- Home visitation
- Parent Education & Support
- Crisis Nursery Services
- Grandparent/Fatherhood Initiatives
- Safe Crib Projects
CTF serves as Missouri’s foundation for child abuse prevention by providing grants, education and public awareness to community organizations across the state. CTF was established in 1983 by the Missouri General Assembly as a non-profit organization and has distributed over $44 million dollars to support families and prevent child abuse.