If you’re looking to fulfill the spirit of giving this holiday season, here are a few local nonprofits that could use your help. Don’t forget you can also use your donations as tax deductions, so charitable giving is always win-win.

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Below are a few local nonprofits that could use your help this holiday season

We all know that the true spirit of the Christmas and end-of-the-year holiday season is giving. Giving thanks to those who have made our lives better by going out of their way to support us. Giving gifts to our friends and family so that we can see the smiles on their faces, knowing that we’ve made this year and the upcoming new year better. Often times, it can be hard to think outside of our circle and help those who are in need in our larger community. If you’ve been wanting to show some support to the larger Buffalo Niagara community, we’ve listed some nonprofits below that could use your donations – they’ve all been affected by the setbacks of 2020.

Like we mentioned before, donations translate into tax deductions. So you can reap the rewards of your charitable donations both now and later – i.e. during tax season when your taxable income is lower.

Aquarium of Niagara

Aquarium of Niagara is normally a destination for thousands of families every year, but 2020 saw attendance drastically drop

The Aquarium of Niagara is a non-profit public aquarium dedicated to education and conservation. It is a unique destination for anyone living in or visiting Buffalo Niagara, since there are no other aquariums in the region. Visit their donations page for more information and to make a donation online.

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens are enjoyed by people of all ages

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum. Visit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens donations page for more information and to make a donation online.

Old Fort Niagara

Old Fort Niagara is a beloved destination for Buffalo Niagara’s history buffs and anyone interested in learning more about early life in America

Old Fort Niagara is operated by the Old Fort Niagara Association, an independent, not-for-profit organization established in 1927. They do not rely on tax dollars. Instead, the Fort is funded through charitable contributions, admissions and museum shop sales. Old Fort Niagara depends upon generous donors to help fulfill their mission to preserve this unique historic site and to educate the public about its rich history. Visit the Old Fort Niagara donations page for more information and to make a donation online.

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is led by its revered music director JoAnn Falletta and performs in Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra provides a resident, professional, major symphony orchestra of artistic excellence and integrity to enrich the quality of life in Western New York through the presentation of live symphonic music and other musical events which educate and entertain the broadest possible audiences within and beyond the Western New York region. Visit their donations page for more information and to make a donation online.

North Park Theatre

Over 100 years old, North Park Theatre, like all movie theaters this year, has taken a huge loss in revenue and could use your help

The North Park Theatre is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. They have halted all screenings to help New York State fight the spread of COVID-19, and sincerely appreciate any assistance you can provide.​ Visit the North Park Theatre donations page for more information and to make a donation online.

Artpark

 Your support to Artpark is more critical than ever since the vast majority of live events have been canceled in 2020

Artpark is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to produce and present excellence in the performing and visual arts, and create a unique cultural experience in a casual, natural setting. Your support to Artpark is more critical than ever since Artpark operates around live events, the vast majority of which have been canceled in 2020. Visit their donations page for more information and to make a donation online.

Explore Buffalo

The volunteers of Explore Buffalo bring hidden history to life on their popular tours

Explore Buffalo is a non-profit organization providing tours and other opportunities to discover Buffalo’s great architecture, history, and neighborhoods. Their popular tours promote Buffalo and Western New York history, architecture, and neighborhoods through quality education to learners of all ages. Visit their donations page for more information and to make a donation online.

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