Local nonprofits feel the economic pinch

The Garden City Community Clinic is considering cutting back the hours it sees patients - largely the working poor who don't have health insurance - because it may not have the cash flow it needs in the coming months.

There's also a possibility that the free clinic may ask patients for donations in the future.

The Boise Rescue Mission is looking ahead by preparing to cut its budget by up to 15 percent this fiscal year. Organizers of the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games have scaled down some ceremonies and sought cost-cutting wherever possible.

Raising millions of dollars during one of the worst economic downturns in American history isn't easy.

During hard economic times, some nonprofits are cut twice by a troubled economy: by the rising need for services and by a downturn in donations.

The Rescue Mission is preparing for the possible budget cuts , even though the charitable organization has served 35,000 more meals this calendar year than last.

Organizers of the Special Olympics World Winter Games, who downsized the opening and closing ceremonies of the February event to cut costs, are working in overdrive to raise the last $4 million of their adjusted fundraising goal of $31 million, including cash and in-kind donations.

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