In this tight fiscal climate, many charities are finding it a challenge to make ends meet. Joyce Garver Keller, executive director of the Ohio Jewish Communities, passes along a simple tip that has been fruitful for the multiple organizations she works with: Check the Ohio Department of Commerce’s listing of Unclaimed Funds.
Unclaimed funds are monies or the right to monies that have been dormant. These funds are reported to the state of Ohio for safekeeping until the rightful owners can be found. Some common examples include: dormant saving accounts, credit balances, investments, cashier’s checks, and refunds from utility and insurance companies.
An online search in the name of your charity may yield funds that have been turned over to the state’s Unclaimed Funds Division. To see if funds might be available for your organization, visit www.com.ohio.gov/unfd
, select “Treasure Hunt,” and type in your organization’s name.
“Each year, my staff checks the Unclaimed Funds listing for the dozens of charities we work with throughout the state,” Keller said. “Thankfully, we have been able to help return thousands of dollars to these organizations that can now be used for the important services they provide to the community.”