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Just in time for end-of-the-year giving, the Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF) has released a new resource that will help philanthropists discover local organizations and support the community needs they care about.

In an effort to help donors and local nonprofit organizations connect, IECF has unveiled the IE Giving Hub. This web-based database provides detailed information about organizations throughout Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Many regional nonprofits have populated their individual pages on the database, giving visitors an overview of their work. Organizations’ pages also include specifics on their programming, leadership, board of directors, recent tax filings and financials.

Donations are immediately received by the nonprofits via an easy-to-use “Donate” mechanism. Organizations also provide information for individuals looking for opportunities to volunteer within the community.

“In this holiday time and season of gift giving, I know many people are gathering with family to think about how they can pay forward all that they are grateful for in their lives,” IECF’s Senior Vice-President of Charitable Giving, Brie Griset-Smith said. “IE Giving Hub empowers families to do this together in the comfort of their homes and we hope provides another way to share and teach the value of philanthropy that will carry through the generations.”

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A variety of nonprofits can be found on the IE Giving Hub working on a range of causes including Arts and Culture, Civic Engagement and Social Justice, Economic Development, Environment, Health, Veteran Services and Youth Development. Visitors who are interested in finding an organization with a particular focus can click on the “Select a Cause” prompt to view the nonprofits whose programming aligns with their interests.

“The IE Giving Hub is a tool that enhances visibility to IE nonprofits by lifting up the valuable programs and services they provide to the communities they serve,” IECF’s Senior Vice President of Grants and Community Impact, Celia Cudiamat, said. “Nonprofits tell their stories so that donors and other new audiences can learn about the results, impact, and positive changes to the IE communities.”

Nearly 350 organizations have started their profiles and are in the process of completing information so that they can receive donations on the IE Giving Hub.

IECF hopes that this new tool will help residents feel more connected to regional causes, nonprofits and have a greater sense of belonging to the region. Nonprofit organizations often remark that they are the “best-kept secret” in the Inland Empire according to IECF, and the IE Giving Hub can help get that secret out.

“The IE Giving Hub is a dynamic resource directory and will keep growing over time,” Cudiamat said.  “So, visit the IE Giving Hub frequently to discover new organizations that address the causes you care about.”

This article originally appeared in the Press Enterprise and Desert Sun.

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