May 1, 2018 is Valley Gives Day! The Partnership is participating this year for the first time, and we’d be thrilled if you’d show your support for our work by making a donation to The Partnership here: www.valley-gives.org/organizations/gill-montague-community-school-partnership
What is Valley Gives Day?
Valley Gives Day is a 24-hour online giving event that makes it easy for people like you to support the good work of nonprofit organizations across the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. In 2017, over 400 organizations participated and more than $1.5 million was raised! The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts started Valley Gives Day in 2012 and continues to host it. They have shepherded this event very thoughtfully and strategically over time, and we are delighted to be a part of it this year.
Why is The Partnership participating in Valley Gives Day this year?
We want more people to know who we are and what we do. Our community coalition has been around since 2002, but we haven’t focused much on self-promotion. In the coming year we’re hoping to increase local awareness of the Partnership, and to grow and diversify our membership substantially.
We are also hoping to raise some money! We are fortunate to have multi-year grant funding that should cover most of our operating costs through the upcoming school year. However, we need new funding sources for the future, and we are looking for community support!
Participating in Valley Gives has given us the push we needed to begin fundraising and provided us with valuable coaching and tools. Check out the online fundraising page they helped us make for Valley Gives Day 2018: www.valley-gives.org/organizations/gill-montague-community-school-partnership
Which other local organizations are taking part in Valley Gives this year?
So many! Valley Gives is a crucial fundraiser for several of our coalition’s partner organizations, and for hundreds of other nonprofits and charities that are doing good and important work in our region. When you go to the Valley Gives site, try searching for “Montague,” or “Turners Falls,” or for a cause that matters to you. You’ll likely find some organizations you’re familiar with, and some that are new to you. Being connected to this vibrant community of change-makers is one of the best things about Valley Gives Day!