The Chairman’s Challenge ends Nov. 30 – and there is still time for you to support your local and/or favorite affiliates!
For those of you who haven’t yet heard what this fundraising program is all about, here are its parameters, directions and benefits in a nutshell.
What is it?
- A fundraising campaign designed to build participating affiliates’ community grantmaking funds during the month of November (see list of participants below);
- All gifts receive a boost through a $125,000 match made possible through several anonymous, generous donors;
- Matching dollars will be proportionately divided among all participating affiliates;
- All donations must be received by Nov. 30, 2014.
How do I give?
You can give online here. Or those who prefer to write a check can send it to NCCF’s Chairman’s Challenge, 4601 Six Forks Road, Suite 524, Raleigh, NC 27609. Please note the affiliate/s you are supporting in the memo line.
Many residents in areas served by an NCCF affiliate foundation have received letters, e-blasts or emails about the campaign. Local news and social media may also carry information. Many have learned about the campaign at special events sponsored by local affiliates in your communities.
Why is this important?
NCCF affiliates’ grantmaking funds are important resources in local communities throughout the state because:
- Local dollars stay local. All contributions to an affiliate’s community grantmaking fund support that community’s needs and opportunities.
- These hard-working charitable tools make it easy for donors to have an impact on very specific needs in their communities.
- The people who know a community best – our affiliate board members – decide how these grants will be allocated, working to best leverage resources to meet local needs.
- Community endowments help to capture the collective power of local donors working together to address local concerns.
- Community grantmaking funds also help to ensure that affiliate foundations have a strong voice in their own communities.
- These funds provide a perfect way for residents to leave legacies in the communities they care about. These funds are permanent!
- Helping your community’s local grantmaking capacity grow gives you an opportunity to help build long-term sustainability and to effect real change.
Beth Boney Jenkins, NCCF’s vice president for development, is encouraged by the Chairman’s Challenge progress at this point in the campaign. “We’re seeing gifts come in through many different channels this year, resulting from social media, special events and the dedicated, concerted efforts of our affiliate board members who are sending out personally signed letters and tapping their own social media channels and events to get out the word,” she said. “We look forward to another successful year for our affiliates, which translates to another boost for our local communities.”
Jenkins invites anyone with questions to contact their local regional associate or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.