On May 2nd at 5:00 PM Missoula Community Foundation will launch its 6th year of Missoula Gives. It is a 27-hour celebration of giving in Missoula and Ravalli Counties with both online and in person events. It is a day where collectively the community makes a difference for over 160 non-profits in our region.
Missoula Gives has raised over 1.5 million dollars for Missoula area nonprofits in our community. Last year we raised just over $420,000 from 2800 individuals. The non-profits that participate were from Missoula and Ravalli County.
Missoula Gives is constructed to connect non-profits to new donors, garner them important unrestricted funds, and engage their boards and volunteers in fundraising in an easy to use platform. “We have one participant that said this platform help them engage their board and has made them savvier in fundraising, they attribute the platform to their board being more mature and raising more funds year round.“ Marcy Allen, Interim Executive Director, said “We have seen so many non-profits up their game and engage in peer to peer fundraising. Asking for money is not always easy, but the Missoula Gives format hopes to ease some of that pain.”
This year they hope to raise over $500,000 dollars for over 160 non-profits in 27 hours. If every adult in Missoula County gave $5 they would reach our goal.
People can help them kick off the event at 5:00 pm at Plonk on May 2nd, where you can get one free GFC cocktail for a minimum donation of $10. On May 3rd people can make in-person donations at the following donor lounges, the Art Park in the morning and the Good Food Store during lunch. Missoula Gives headquarters will be at the Old Post Pub from 12-8, where they will be dancing to The Good Ole Fashioned band. The Old Post will have a special menu for donors and nonprofits.
“This event is a testament to the generosity of our community. The number of people that give and the hard work the non-profit staff and volunteers do to make this event a success is truly amazing. Nonprofits are such a critical part of our community and it is a great day to see them in all their glory.” , said Nikki Robb Program Manager at Missoula Community Foundation, “Many non-profits will be out tabling for first Friday, so it will be a great night to come out and learn more about the work these groups are doing and to help them continue to fulfill their missions.”
You can find out who is participating and donate to your favorite local non-profits at www.missoulagive.org or at any of the events mentioned above.
The Missoula Community Foundation was founded in 2001, for the good of Missoula forever.