Carmel Magazine

Spring/Summer 2020

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Local nonprofits have lost major portions of their annual budget due to their fundraisers being cancelled from the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Kelli Uldall 78 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 2 0 T he dog's owners were despondent. Their "baby," a Border Collie mix, couldn't stop licking her leg after a previous surgery site had reopened, leaving the tip of a metal rod jutting out. Because of Covid-19, both of the dog's parents had been laid off and they were losing their home. Thankfully, local nonprofit Max's Helping Paws was able to cover the vet bill. "People who never thought they'd need us need us now. They're having to ask us for help," says Max's co-founder and president Dyana Klein. Klein isn't turning people away, but she knows their money will be running out faster than normal due to the cancellation of their annual fundraiser scheduled for May. "For us, losing more than $100,000 is catastrophic. It's nearly half our annual budget. We have been very careful, being a good steward of our donor money. We are moving full steam ahead with helping people pay their vet bills," Klein explains. "But like everyone, we're nervous." Nervous is an understatement not only for individuals and businesses in our area, but for countless nonprofits and other organizations that offer community assistance. More than a dozen nonprofits and schools had to cancel their biggest fundraisers—scheduled in March, April and beyond— when shelter-in-place went into effect, negating not only months of hard

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