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Generosity Abounds during the 2014 Big Give to Valley County

The Valley County Philanthropic Partners (VCPP) is honored to announce the results of the 2014 Big Give to Valley County…24 hours of Giving reaped 446 donations with total contributions of $83,854.00 to 29 Valley County nonprofit organizations! This phenomenal success is the product of valuable nonprofit organizations and generous people working together for the benefit of Valley County.

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This amazing event was organized and facilitated through the efforts of nonprofit organizations, businesses, volunteers and youth in Arcadia, Elyria, North Loup and Ord.  “The results of the Big Give are truly remarkable!  It is incredibly empowering to experience caring and dedicated people working together for the greater good.  The dollar amount contributed is tremendous but the impact of the Big Give reaches to additional awareness of our local nonprofits organizations, engagement of new donors throughout our county and beyond and the enhancement of partnerships to continue growing our philanthropic culture,” stated Dahn Hagge, HomeTown Competitiveness Director and VCPP member.  Last year the first Big Give to Valley County results yielded 310 donations with total contributions of $40,047.00.

 

The Big Give is serving as a means for building capacity within local nonprofit organizations by providing a venue for making connections with new volunteers, passionate donors and other organizations sharing similar missions. This year participating organizations focused on communicating the specific needs and projects donations would support and people responded to this call of action.  For example, businesses matched employees’ donations, nonprofits issued challenge grants (totaling over $2,800.00) to support each other, individual donors gave to multiple organizations and youth organized giving events within the school systems.

During the weekend before the Big Give, a skating party was hosted at the North Loup Community Center by the Lions Club and youth and families donated a dollar to participating organizations as an admission fee for a fun evening of skating!  The Big Give kickoff event was held at Ord High School with the Chanticleer Shuffle! The Chanticleer mascot made a special appearance to help students, teachers and community members open the event with the Chicken Dance and a special ceremony to honor students for their academic achievements and nonprofit organizations for their contributions to Valley County.  Ord Junior/Senior high school students, faculty and staff collected “extra change” as donations throughout the week leading to the Big Give to support designated participating nonprofits.  Ord Elementary students created posters to illustrate all of the wonderful ways people and organizations give back to their community to enrich our quality of life.  Arcadia Public Schools hosted a Penny Race and Big Give Celebration during the evening of March 17th.  Students and teachers organized the Penny Race to collect donations for the event and anyone who contributed could nominate teachers to be duct-taped to the wall during the celebration.  Arcadia students led activities during the evening celebration which included free-will donations to Big Give organizations, presentations by nonprofit organizations, announcement of the Penny Race total collections and the Duct Taping Finale!  Individual students also assisted with preparations for the event by organizing the giving station materials and posting flyers at local businesses.

This incredible youth engagement has inspired two very generous families to offer Big Give Scholarships to Ord graduating seniors.  Students have the opportunity to apply for 4 scholarships totaling $4,000.00.  The anonymous donors of these scholarships feel the scholarships are a means for recognizing students with a giving mindset and encouraging youth to pursue post-secondary education.

“Another exciting outcome of the Big Give is the growing engagement in Valley County Philanthropic Partners.  Any representative from a non-profit or charitable organization in Valley County is welcome to attend monthly networking meetings when members get together to build a philanthropic culture for the greater good of our county-wide community,” stated Kristina Foth, VCPP member.  The Valley County Philanthropic Partners meet on the second Wednesday of each month. This networking committee gives nonprofit organizations the opportunity to share ideas and resources, align fundraising events and campaigns and promote charitable giving as a unified body for the benefit of the entire county. Currently members of the VCPP are planning philanthropic workshops during the summer and fall to address the need for additional support in formulizing organizational eligibility and participation requirements for the Big Give, establishing organizational structure (including 501(c)3 public charity status) and implementing best practices for organizational promotion and donor relations.

The impact of the Big Give to Valley County is far reaching and evolving each day.  Additional donations are continuing to be received by organizations which to date total over $600.00.  Also a trailer was donated to the Ord Public Schools by Petska Backhoe and Plumbing along with graphic design donated by Tina Treffer to be used for a variety of extra-curricular activities.  The future of Valley County is looking very bright with the continued involvement of generous people and nonprofit organizations working for the greater good.  To learn more about philanthropic efforts in Valley County go to www.ordnebraska.com/Give.

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