Salvation Army Looks to Year-End Gifts to Help Fund 2020 Programs

(UNDATED) –With 2020 just days away, The Salvation Army is hopeful that year-end giving will make a big impact in communities across the state. Red kettle donations were down across the state, but these late-December donations can help ensure that life-changing programs are able to continue into the new year.

In the United States, around 30% of all annual giving takes place during the month of December. For many Salvation Army locations, a large portion of their annual budgets is supported by the annual Red Kettle Christmas Campaign and charitable donations made in the last weeks of the year. These donations include cash and personal checks, corporate and foundation gifts, and gifts of stocks, mutual funds, and federally-mandated IRA distributions.

“We’ve built up some amazing programs across Indiana,” said Major Bob Webster, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army in Indiana. “Everything from a world-class summer camp for low-income kids to our Pathway of Hope program, which is helping families break the cycle of poverty. These programs are dependent on the generosity of donors in every county in Indiana because they serve Hoosiers from every zip code.”

Year-end gifts can be designated to help a single county, community, facility, or program. Donors are able to earmark gifts for services like emergency assistance or food pantries. They can also ask that funds are used specifically to help children attend summer camp at Hidden Falls Camp or to help adults seeking treatment at the Harbor Light Center. Both of these Salvation Army facilities serve residents from every corner of the state.

Donors who are interested in making a year-end gift can contact the Indiana Divisional Headquarters in Indianapolis at 800-589-1037 or find their local Salvation Army by visiting The easiest way to give is to visit the Ways to Give page on The Salvation Army’s website:

Both designated and undesignated gifts can be sent through the mail to:

The Salvation Army Indiana Division at 6060 Castleway West Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46250.

The Salvation Army wants to thank all the donors and volunteers who made 2019 such a wonderful year. Because of their efforts, The Salvation Army helped displaced people find shelter, hungry families put food on the table, and at-risk children rediscover the joys of childhood. There will always be a need in Indiana, but The Salvation Army is dedicated to continuing serving Hoosiers and giving them hope for better days ahead.