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Are Charity Organizations Turning Away Donations from Cannabis Companies?

No one can deny there’s a need for volunteers and donations when the top news of the day features one natural disaster after another. But for some business owners, like those in the highly regulated cannabis industry, it’s not that simple. Sometimes their proffered donations aren’t seen as a positive. Instead, they’re viewed as a liability, and one that many charity organizations aren’t willing to accept.

In an article published Monday in Forbes, an attempt by one cannabis company to donate some of its profits to various charitable organizations is described as less than successful.

“It felt like a slap in the face,” said Colorado-based Organa Brands President Chris Driessen of the rejections. “Because the message was essentially you’re a drug dealer (http://cnw.fm/MqSr1).”

Tim Cullen, CEO of the Colorado Harvest Company, says he was “shocked” at how few places were willing to accept a monetary donation from a cannabis-based company. Cullen’s desire to give back to his community finally culminated in a $100,000 donation to the Levitt Pavilion Denver, but it took time and support from Leavitt’s national board (http://cnw.fm/2PfgO).

In its annual survey, the Colorado Nonprofit Association asked members whether they would accept contributions from the marijuana industry. Only one out of 10 nonprofits had actively sought a contribution, but two-thirds who responded said they would be willing to consider accepting a donation if it were offered (http://cnw.fm/pMtB8).

Donations don’t have to come in the form of handing over company cash, however. Sometimes it’s best to support a nonprofit by simply hosting an event where raising funds for the charity is the only objective. Organa Brands did this by hosting a golf tournament to benefit Grow for Vets, a 501©(19) tax exempt nonprofit.

Grow for Vets depends on all forms of donations in order to provide free medical grade, cannabis-based products to U.S. veterans who struggle with suicidal thoughts, chronic pain, PTSD and addiction. Accepting donations from cannabis companies and the public at large is central to the organization’s goal of providing life-saving alternatives for the country’s growing vet population.

To learn more about Grow for Vets, visit the organization’s website at www.GrowforVets.org

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