Over 450 donations supported local charities during the second annual Give Local Isabella.
This social media-focused crowdfunding opportunity, held on May 3, engaged 21 local charities in a 24-hour fundraising contest. The community event, hosted by the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation, raised $82,399.
Organizations with endowment funds held by the Foundation were eligible to participate in this giving event, using an online platform to engage current and new members of the community in causes ranging from education to disaster relief. crisis.
“Give Local Isabella is a great investment in the Mt. Pleasant community,” said Natalie VanDyke of RISE Advocacy.
As one of the participating organizations, RISE will benefit from nearly $5,000 in funds raised and matched
for his prize money at the one-day event.
“It was so fun to check the website during the day to see the numbers go up,” said Kate Connors, executive director of Life Choices of Central Michigan.
Donations ranged from $10 to $3,000 online and delivered in person during May 3. When the clock struck midnight, 317 donors had made donations totaling $52,399.
Organizations competed for ten $500 prizes associated with the event. The Isabella Community Soup Kitchen earned $500 for its endowment by participating in training webinars prior to donation day. MMI won $500 for their endowment by sharing information about the event on social media. A full list of verified winning organizations can be viewed at www.givelocalisabella.org/prizes.
In addition, $25,000 in matching funds was distributed to participating organizations based on the percentage of total dollars raised. Renaissance Public School Academy and Chippewa Watershed Conservancy raked in the most during the event, receiving 19% and 13% from the matching pool. A full leaderboard can be viewed at givelocalisabella.org/leaderboards.
The children of Jack and Connie Harkins recommended that the prize and matching dollars for this year’s Give Local Isabella come from their donor-advised fund at the Community Foundation, the Harkins Community Fund. Elizabeth Harkins Meade, Christia Hitesman and John Harkins thought an event focused on many charities in the community was a great way to honor their parents’ legacy.
“Our parents loved this community, and we know they would have been thrilled to be part of such an exciting fundraising event,” Elizabeth said.
While local charities spend most of the year raising funds for day-to-day operational expenses, Give Local Isabella is an opportunity to spend a day – 24 hours – focused on the sustainability of these important agencies.
“To these nonprofits, thank you for all the hard work you do in this community,” Elizabeth shared in a video message.
The organization plans to host Give Local Isabella on an annual basis to draw attention to the need for sustainable income to protect these organizations for the long term.
“The Community Foundation wants to grow endowments that support our most influential local charities,” said Amanda Schafer, CEO/COO. “That’s the power of staffing.”
Next year, Give Local Isabella is scheduled for May 2.