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We’ve been working hard to help the abused and neglected youth in our community find safe, permanent homes. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately:

2019 Friend of CASA Award

The Friend of CASA Award was to have been presented in March during our 2020 Reverse Your Luck fundraising gala in Yankton. Because of the outbreak of Covid-19, that fundraiser was cancelled, and along with it we had to postpone the Friend of CASA Award announcement.

We kept waiting for a time when Southeast CASA was having “something special” so that we could incorporate this award presentation. The pandemic put a stop to any large events, so we used the Nov. 12th Open House at our new office location to make the Friend of CASA Award presentation to Janet Stark of ALC Event Design.

“Janet has graciously assisted Southeast CASA with each of its gala events since we began hosting them in 2015. Whenever we asked for her help, she was quick to say “Yes!” Because of Janet’s generosity, not only did our events look first-rate, but Southeast CASA was able to raise more funds to provide CASA advocacy for local children who had been abused or severely neglected. All of our current and past board members join the Southeast CASA staff and volunteers in thanking Janet for her invaluable support for the CASA kids,” Said Sherri Rodgers-Conti during the presentation of the award.

Office Relocation Ribbon Cutting and Open House

Southeast CASA has moved! Our offices are now at 413 W. 15th Street in Yankton.

We celebrated our new office location with an Open House and ribbon cutting on Nov. 12, 2020. The Yankton Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and some of our board members and agency partners were on hand to see the new office and conduct the ribbon cutting. Thanks to those who attended!

L to R in photo above: Tyler Buckman, Daisey Kamback, Sherri Rodgers-Conti, Jesse Bailey, Kaye O'Neal, Emily Monier, and Sara Livingston.

Our New Yankton Office Location

Southeast CASA is now located at 413 W. 15th Street in Yankton, just west of Mozak's Flooring at 15th and Broadway Ave.

 

2018 Friend of CASA Award

At the 2019 "Reverse Your Luck" fundraising gala, Tom Andera was recognized as the first "Friend of CASA" award recipient. Tom is the owner of Andera Bookkeeping and Tax Services in Yankton. He has been assisting Southeast CASA with its payroll processing since 2011. Because of Tom's invaluable assistance, Southeast CASA is able to help more abused and neglected children in our area. Thanks for all you do for the CASA kids, Tom!

  • First National Bank
    First National Bank

    Major Sponsor of Southeast CASA

  • Yankton Medical Clinic
    Yankton Medical Clinic
  • First National Bank
    First National Bank

    Major sponsor of Southeast CASA

  • Sanford Vermillion
    Sanford Vermillion

    Sponsor of CASA training

  • Wintz & Ray Funeral Home
    Wintz & Ray Funeral Home

    Annual sponsor

  • Vishay
    Vishay

    Annual sponsor

  • Kolberg Pioneer
    Kolberg Pioneer

    Annual sponsor

  • United Way Yankton
    United Way Yankton

    Yankton County agency

  • United Way Vermillion
    United Way Vermillion

    Clay County agency

How to Choose the Right Nonprofit for Your Donation

How to Choose the Right Nonprofit for Your Donation

The holidays are drawing near, which means one of the biggest giving seasons of the year. For nonprofit organizations around the world, year-end giving is a major boost to help reach giving goals. Now more than ever, your donation could mean the world to an organization in need. Just as important as it is to give, it’s equally important to ensure you’re giving to the right organization. Check out these five steps to help narrow your choices.

 

1. Pick a Cause You Care About

Sure, you could pick any cause to hand over your hard earned dollars and walk away, knowing you did a great thing. However, it’ll mean more to you when the cause carries personal meaning. Consider the life events you’ve been through, or the causes that have affected your loved ones. Or, maybe you simply have an interest in a certain type of nonprofit for no reason other than it sounds appealing. Whatever the cause you choose, you’ll be further invested when your heartstrings are tied to the donation.

 

2. Find an Organization in Need

Once you’ve found the cause, it’s time to consider whether you are interested in supporting locally, nationally or internationally. Ask your friends about any organizations they’ve supported that could fit your interests. While all organizations could use more support, some may be in more dire need than others. Make sure to look into the organization’s social media channels and public communications to see how they’re talking about giving to help inform your decision.
 

3. Research the Nonprofit’s Legitimacy

Unfortunately not every organization out there is interested in helping to make the world a better place. Before you give your gift, ensure that the organization is legitimate. Luckily in the 21st century we have tools at our fingertips to further research. Check out resources such as the IRS’s Tax Exempt Organization Search or Charity Navigator. In this digital age, you could even use reviews on Google or Facebook to help supplement the organization’s credibility. 

 

4. Look Into the Org’s Spending

Now that you know you’re giving to a legitimate organization, it’s important to find out where exactly your dollars will be going. You should be able to do a search for spending for the 501(c)(3). While it’s important that the staff and administration are paid fairly, you should also be able to see how the money that has been donated is being used. Ensure you feel comfortable with your money supporting the type of spending you see happening at the organization.
 

5. Give Your Donation (And More)

Drumroll, please—it’s time for the best part! You’ve done the research, you’ve found the organization, and you’ve ensured your money is going to somewhere you care about. Now is the time to make your donation. While you could make a one-time donation online, it would be even more beneficial to talk with a professional from the nonprofit of your choice about your intentions and involvement. Even if this is a one-time donation, you can explore ways to give back and get involved in the future. Volunteering or helping to spread the word about your newfound cause will help the nonprofit go a long way.

 

Now that you’ve put in the research, this could be the beginning of a lifelong connection. Build the relationship through future donations, spreading the word about the good work the organization is doing or recruiting other supporters. Now you can sit back for a moment and reflect on how much goodwill your donation pushed out into the world.

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