Giving Tuesday, an international day of giving

What comes after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday? Giving Tuesday! This is a worldwide generosity movement encouraging people to donate to their local communities and favorite nonprofits. This year, GROW! is asking for help to pay for ongoing operating expenses, including the water bill, mulch for the orchard, soil for the raised beds, the porta-potty rental, and grounds upkeep.

Each year, GROW! donates hundreds of pounds of fresh organic produce to local food banks. The community garden also provides low-cost garden rental plots and raised beds. In addition, GROW! has created about 40 Little Free Gardens distributed throughout the county where the public is invited to sample garden produce at these business locations (see

All these activities would not be possible without the support of community organizations, local businesses, and volunteers. GROW! Volunteers and local Idaho Master Gardeners generously donated over 1000 hours of their time to these projects in 2022. For the past 13 years, Trinity Lutheran Church has provided the land for the GROW! community garden on their property. This generous arrangement allows GROW! to continue its work in Boundary County, where our motto is Helping Feed our Neighbors in Need.

Your tax-deductible donations to GROW!, a 501c3 nonprofit, can be done online here or via mail (PO Box 1433, Bonners Ferry, ID). We will send you a receipt for donations of any size!

For those of you who are required to withdraw a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from an IRA, there is a way to avoid paying taxes on that amount and benefit a charitable non-profit organization at the same time.  As an alternative to having the withdrawal come directly to you, it can be distributed to a 501c3 non-profit directly in what is called a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD).  This distribution can satisfy all or part of a RMD and thus eliminates that amount being taxed at your marginal tax rate.  If this is a way you would consider supporting GROW!, we would be happy to provide you with additional information on this type of donation.

For more information, contact Gray Henderson, GROW! President, at, 520-561-0643 cell/text or Kate Painter, GROW! Board Member,, 509-432-5755 cell/text.

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