Our grant was for capacity with an emphasis on developing our donor base. We wanted to talk about some of the results we’ve seen with our increased efforts in donor stewardship this year, but also what we’ve been able to accomplish in terms of our mission.
In terms of donor base development:
Of the 40 key donors we were looking to reactivate this year, we’ve renewed over half of them, with a number of them promising to give a year-end gift.
This grant made a big difference to our organization in our first year with a paid staff person, and I wanted to share a little about what we’ve been able to accomplish this year:
We wanted to thank you all so much for this grant and your support this year – it’s made a HUGE difference. THANK YOU!
MY OWN HOME
My Own Home received a $5,000 grant from the Giving Circle to assist in our first year of operation as we build our capacity to grow and provide services to members.
At the time of our application we had 16 members, 5 family and 6 single, and had not yet started providing services. With the Circle’s support, we were able to begin offering services this past July and currently have 23 members, 6 family 11 single.
We were also able to develop our list of volunteers, which now includes 30 community members willing to perform a wide variety of services for our members. All of the volunteers have now undergone background checks and an initial group has gone through our training program.
As a result of being operational, we have been able to participate in three student service events sponsored by the University, where members had yard clean up work performed and windows washed. An added bonus was how pleased the members were to have this kind of contact with university students.
Most recently we were invited by Moscow High School to give a presentation about My Own Home. Approximately 120 students attended the presentation and 80 of them completed volunteer forms. Not that we, or at least some of us, want it to snow a whole lot this winter, but if it does having so many student volunteers should be a real asset in being able to provide snow removal services for our members who need it.
Some of the other services we have performed for our current members include: moving furniture so that carpets could be cleaned, transportation and minor house repairs. We have also held two get togethers for members to have an opportunity to meet one another and tell us what services they are most interested in receiving. We’ve also sponsored trips to a movie showing at the Kenworthy and a performance of the IRT’s summer play.
Organizationally we have recently strengthened our board with the addition of three new members: Andrea Beckett, a well known and highly regarded CPA; Jim Prall, who has extensive experience providing services to seniors on a volunteer basis; and Susan Ripley, who has worked for Latah County’s Assessor’s Office for more than 27 years, most recently as Technical Systems Manager, and who has performed countless hours as a volunteer and board member for a number of local organizations.
Our major goals for the coming year are increasing our number of members and becoming financial sustainable through securing funding from grants and private donors. To that end, we have scheduled a facilitated board retreat in early January to develop a concrete action plan for accomplishing them.
This year, Circle funding helped Moscow's downtown non-profit movie theater, the Kenworthy, provide afternoon movies for young people of all ages. Here's what the Kenworthy's Executive Director, Christine Cavanaugh, had to say about the impact of our gift:
This summer we chose 5 classic movies and 5 blockbuster films to show for our Children’s Matinee Summer Movie Series. We had over 1500 kids join us this summer for the movie series of which 250 were free admissions. We expanded our series from 9 weeks in 2010 to 10 weeks this summer and this wouldn’t have been possible without the funding from The Giving Circle. The funding was used for bringing classic kids films to KPAC to help enrich the lives of those children attending with quality family entertainment. cavanaugh These movies included:
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
The Wizard of Oz
The Princess Bride
Not only did the funding from The Giving Circle help pay for the rental cost of the classic films, it also went towards keep our ticket prices affordable for all families in the Moscow/Pullman area.
If you'd like to continue helping the Kenworthy, contact Christine at 208-882-4127 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Kenworthy is always looking for a few good volunteers to take tickets at the door. Volunteers receive a free admission to the movie with a bag of free popcorn and a volunteer appreciation preview night each year.
Other needs include:
1. 3 folding banquet tables, $40 each
2. 12 black padded folding chairs, $20 each
3. 6 Microphone Stands, $40 each
4. 3 Instrumental Mics, $100 each
5. 3 Vocal Mics, $100 each
6. Handheld Wireless Microphone System, $400