Though it was more than 18 months ago, the last Giving Challenge is still fresh in our memories at Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida. Presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation, the Giving Challenge is a 24-hour whirlwind of inspiring stories, themed events, and an outpouring of community financial support for nonprofits across the area. Special giving incentives and bonus prizes help fuel the fire. The next Giving Challenge will be from noon-noon May 1-2. Make a note on your calendar, and read on to learn more!
We are so proud of how our generous donors, both existing and new, came together in 2016 to show their support for girls in our communities. Between our nonprofit partnership, the fun events, increased community awareness, and winning extra prizes, we’re still celebrating! We were truly blessed to not only receive generous donations from so many individuals, but additional prize money in several categories, including Best Overall Campaign, Best Nonprofit Partnership, Manatee Millennial Challenge Campaign, and 2015 Giving Challenge Story. Funds raised through the 2016 Giving Challenge, pooled with donations and grants received throughout the year, supported the development and implementation of a variety of programs, as well as program scholarships for girls facing financial barriers.
But the Giving Challenge is about so much more than money. Our partnership with Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County resulted in a successful community diaper drive and special event (called “Be the One-sie”), bringing together Girl Scouts and Healthy Start client families for a fun evening of games, activities, food, music, and friendship. As a result, Girl Scouts of all ages learned how they can be the one who helps support healthy moms and babies. Many moms saw first-hand the powerful impact of Girl Scouting. We can’t wait for their “future Girl Scouts” to join when they enter kindergarten!
It will be hard for us to top the 2016 Giving Challenge, but we have some exciting ideas in the works. Through our 2018 partnership with the Library Foundation for Sarasota County, we will promote philanthropy and the joy of reading with a community-wide children’s book drive, to culminate with a free event, “Campfire Stories,” at Girl Scouts headquarters. What a perfect chance to illustrate how everyone from preschoolers to retirees can come together to celebrate giving, reading, and the importance of working together for the greater good! Anyone can be the one!
Throughout our Giving Challenge campaign, we will tell the story of how Girl Scouting unleashes the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader)TM in every girl, and how a donation to Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida is an investment in the future of our community, and the world. And with The Patterson Foundation’s 1:1 match for all unique donations, up to $100 per donor, your giving impact can be DOUBLED! This match is only valid if you give during the challenge, through the Giving Challenge website, givingpartnerchallenge.org.
Make a note on your calendar: from noon-noon May 1-2, the challenge is on. Be the one who supports the best leadership development program for girls in the world – Girl Scouts!