Date: Thursday, April 7, 2011, 10:11am PDT
“…United Way raised $21.13 million through its 2010-2011 Community Giving Campaign, its primary tool to raise funds through workplace giving.
About half of United Way’s funds go to organizations specified by the donors; the balance supports grants to local nonprofits working to improve the education, health and economic vitality of the community…
…Individual donations, typically by employees through workplace campaigns, accounted for 58 percent of all contributions, a figure that is rising.
“People do know that in these tough economic times every contribution makes a difference,” Carlo said…
…The money raised in 2010-2011 will support 31 projects and 150 partners as they serve 100,000 area residents in the coming year. United Way typically awards three-year grants that range from $100,000 to $200,000 per year.
Some of its current projects include a Mercy Corps Northwest effort to serve former inmates in Multnomah County, Self-Enhancement Inc.’s work to mentor disadvantaged youth, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center’s work to provide medical care to low-income Washington County residents, and Clackamas Women’s Services’ work with homeless survivors of domestic violence…”
The Willamette Week Give!Guide hits the streets today and features 79 nonprofits participating in this great project in addition to Mercy Corps Northwest. To take part, you can give online through the Give!Guide website anytime between now and December 31st.
Aside from supporting job creation and small-business development in your hometown, there are extra reasons to give through the Give!Guide.
- The Mercy Corps Northwest Board has generously offered to match the first $2000 in donations made through the Give!Guide. This means your gift will have double the impact.
- Willamette Week is giving out cool prizes to all donors who give $50 or more through the guide. These prizes consist of huge coupons to be used at Portland-area business.
- If you aren’t sold yet, read the stories of people who have worked with Mercy Corps Northwest and see the impact we are having in the community for yourself.
Willamette Week has chosen us to participate in their annual Give!Guide effort. Last year, this community fundraiser brought in more than $900,000 for 79 local nonprofits.
The Give!Guide’s goal — and now ours — is to develop new donors for organizations like ours. Willamette Week puts a special emphasis on identifying new donors under the age of 36 — and provides all sorts of incentives to help bring this about.
The guide and its web site don’t go live until November 11, but we need your help to get a jump-start on this great opportunity. In addition, Willamette Week will be providing about $100,000 worth of incentives to people who give.
Keep us in mind when you pick up your own copy of this great publication.