Angela Pool-Funai - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Angela Pool-Funai Angela Pool-Funai

Director of the Master of Public Administration Program | Southern Utah University

Cedar City, UT, US

Specializing in public administration, virtual currency, tax policy and philanthropy

Holiday Giving - Making a Difference this Season

Holiday Giving - Making a Difference this Season 2017-11-27
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Angela Pool-Funai

As many give thanks this holiday season, they are looking for ways to spread cheer, give back and support those less fortunate. Some take the opportunity to give time, others donate food or money to a charity. With thousands of charities in Utah alone, finding the perfect fit can be overwhelming.

Southern Utah University’s Dr. Angela Pool-Funai, the director of the master of public administration program and an expert on philanthropy and nonprofits, has a few suggestions on how to donate wisely, and make a lasting impact this holiday season.

Dr. Pool-Funai recommends to begin by considering your own passions:

“Are you drawn to humanitarian organizations that serve immediate needs for those less fortunate? What about educational institutions or religious organizations?”

Before donating, look into the financial health of the organization, particularly, how much of the donated funds are being placed toward the cause.

“The Foundation Center’s 990 Finder is a free database of nonprofit organizations’ tax returns that you can use to research the financial health of charitable groups across the country. Many nonprofit organizations also feature annual financial reports on their websites. Taking just a few minutes to research a charity can help you feel better knowing that the donation is truly going to a worthwhile cause.”

Above all, remember to keep it simple, focus on the cause and share the joy of the holiday season with others as you look for ways to give back.

Previously to her time at SUU, Dr. Pool-Funai worked with grants and research administration in the nonprofit sector. She is familiar with the media and available for an interview. Visit her profile to arrange a time.

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Making a Difference This Holiday Season

As many give thanks this holiday season, they are looking for ways to spread cheer, give back and support those less fortunate. Some take the opportunity to give time, others donate food or money to a charity. With thousands of charities in Utah alone, finding the perfect fit can be overwhelming. Southern Utah University’s Dr. Angela Pool-Funai, the director of the master of public administration program and an expert on philanthropy and nonprofits, has a few suggestions on how to donate wisely, and make a lasting impact this holiday season. Dr. Pool-Funai recommends to begin by considering your own passions: “Are you drawn to humanitarian organizations that serve immediate needs for those less fortunate? What about educational institutions or religious organizations?” Before donating, look into the financial health of the organization, particularly, how much of the donated funds are being placed towards the cause. “The Foundation Center’s 990 Finder is a free database of nonprofit organizations’ tax returns that you can use to research the financial health of charitable groups across the country. Many nonprofit organizations also feature annual financial reports on their websites. Taking just a few minutes to research a charity can help you feel better knowing that the donation is truly going to a worthwhile cause.” Previously to her time at SUU, Dr. Pool-Funai worked with grants and research administration in the nonprofit sector. She is familiar with the media and available for an interview - visit her profile to arrange a time.