A Message from Amy Little, CEO
Idaho Gives started yesterday, April 23, and will last for two weeks. It is an unprecedented change for an unprecedented time. Now more than ever we can leverage Idaho Gives as an opportunity over these next two weeks to highlight your work, share your impact and most importantly of all raise as much money as we can for as many participating nonprofits as we can.
Not only do we have a record number of participating nonprofits, we have the best local media partners who have gone above and beyond in getting the word out about Idaho Gives this year. We have provided dozens of Idaho Gives webinars to help our nonprofits prepare and we have lined up some of the best prizes for Award Pool Funds once again.
As many of you know we raised over $1.95 million in 2019, pushing our total of funds raised over $8.3 million in the 7 years we’ve hosted this campaign. We love raising a lot of money for our nonprofit friends, but beyond that we love bringing NEW donors into the campaign and to you, our participating nonprofits.
We did not set a BHAG (big hairy audacious goal) of raising $2 million this year, instead we set a donor retention and new donor acquisition goal. We believe that as we bring new donors to the event we’ll stretch far beyond our monetary goals for you.
Our entire campaign has been designed for donor engagement. To put things in perspective, there are 1.2 million adults in Idaho (as of the last Census count, which reminds me, have you completed your census information yet?) and if each one of us donated just $10 to one nonprofit, we could raise $12 million. I know not every Idahoan has $10 to give, which is also one of the most important reasons for Idaho Gives this year: it is our collective opportunity to help the helpers.
Even if you did not register for Idaho Gives this year as a nonprofit, we hope you’ll consider signing on and making at least one $10 gift to a local nonprofit that you know, love, collaborate with or that needs you to help.
Then, tell a friend or two or three about Idaho Gives. Share on social media, email your contacts, consider setting up a peer to peer fundraiser for your (or a favorite) nonprofit. Help connect with others in your community to help spread the word. We need your help in connecting with every single Idahoan that has the capacity to make even just one $10 gift.
Help us ensure that every nonprofit participating this year walks away with critically needed funding to sustain their operations during these challenging times. You know the work we all do in our communities, we feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, care for those who can’t care for themselves, provide and enhance our quality of life through arts, humanities, education and health/fitness and so very much more.
Throughout the past several weeks I’ve asked myself several times “what our communities would look like during this pandemic without the entire nonprofit sector right there on the front lines doing what we do best?” I cannot picture it and I don’t want to think about it. Let’s go all in over the next two weeks to make sure that we don’t have to.
It's the little things... By Keri Davidson
It’s the little things.
Lately, I find myself slowing down and taking in the little things. The sun on my face. My granddaughter’s hand in mine. The long walks in the neighborhood. I’m not wearing my headphones on my walks anymore, as I like hearing the squawking of the birds overhead. I’m paying attention to the flowers beginning to bloom and the smell of the blossoms on the tree.
But yesterday I cried. It seems like it’s typical on Sundays now – it’s my “new normal.” Sundays used to be a day of getting a coffee, taking my time at the grocery store and just strolling and browsing. It was MY time to just browse and hang out.
But now, I’m anxious to get home and it takes more time in the grocery store, as I’m dodging people in the aisles and trying to find a clear path to find my goodies. So, I cried. I cried for the loss of “normalcy” even though it’s ok. And I cried for an uncertainty that creeps in every now and then. When I put things into perspective, it really is ok. And this just sounds shallow.
But, as I left the grocery store, I saw a woman experiencing homelessness sitting outside with a sign and it hits me, like it always does, that the hardships still go on. There is an even stronger need to care for those who need a little more – a little more food, a little more shelter, a little more love and a little more tenderness.
This year, the theme for Idaho Gives is just perfect. “Idaho has given you so much. What can you give Idaho?” It’s a beckoning to all, asking for a hand. For a heart. For a hug. For a dollar.
Idaho Gives is a time to support our fellow nonprofits and to support one another. It’s a time of community engagement and cheering for the underdog. It’s a time to lean on each other and give a little more. It’s a time to donate to our favorite organizations and even those that we’ve never heard of.
It’s time to celebrate the “new normal.” Let the “new normal” mean “support new things,” “try new things” or “take pleasure in new things.” Let the “new normal” mean that our eyes are wide open, our hearts are full and that we will celebrate even the littlest things.
Idaho Gives is April 23 – May 7!
Planning to Reopen?
Gov. Brad Little recently announced stages to reopen Idaho. We had a panel discussion with Sara Stover, Senior Policy Advisor, Gov. Little’s Office, and many more experts on how to move forward in the nonprofit sector.
Idaho Gives, the state’s largest day of online giving, runs from April 23 - May 7, 2020. That means that this year your organization will have two full weeks to engage donors and receive funds.
Not only do we have more time for Idaho Gives this year, but we also have more resources to help nonprofits prepare for a successful campaign:
Happy Anniversary! We would like to recognize a few members who are hitting some pretty impressive milestones with Idaho Nonprofit Center. Thank you for being a part of our organization!
Boise Contemporary Theater
The Salvation Army
Bustin' Out of Boise
Chatcolab, Northwest Leadership Laboratory
City Club of Boise, Inc
Idaho Guard and Reserve Family Support
The Kif Brown Foundation, Inc.
Kootenai Humane Society
LCSC- Center for the Arts & History
McCall Winter Sports Club
Payette County Historical Society
Payette River Bicycle Movement, Inc
The Pearl Theater
Youth Employment Program, Inc.
Welcome to our new members who joined Idaho Nonprofit Center Mar. 1 - Mar 31!
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