Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Now is the time to support open grants!

Hundreds of nonprofits have benefited from our open grants program, which provides up to $10,000 annually to nonprofit organizations that enhance the arts, education, environment, health, human needs or community development. However, many grants have been smaller than $10,000, while still having a big impact.

Each year Coastal Community Foundation receives more requests through the Open Grants Competitive Program than there are funds available and therefore cannot support many worthy nonprofit organizations. This year, we are participating in “March Goodness”, a contest hosted by Razoo, our online donation processor. We are competing with 15 other worthy nonprofits in the southeast region to win additional funds that will go directly to support open grants. And we are the ONLY nonprofit represented in South Carolina!

So, how can you help? Give $10. We know many of you contribute to this program anyway, so now is a perfect time to make your donation! The initial prize is based on the number of unique donors who give a minimum of a $10 gift. Prizes are also available based on total dollars raised. To make a contribution, visit our March Goodness page and share it with your friends and family. There are many ways to come up with $10 to give. For example, instead of chipping in with your co-workers for doughnuts on Friday, throw the few dollars together for one group donation. Or, skip your grande-fat-laden-caloric coffee a couple times this week and you’ll have $10 in no time. If you have another creative idea for giving, please leave your comments on the donor wall once you make a donation.

Still not sure? Read what some of our past recipients have to say about Open Grants: “Coastal Community Foundation's Open Grants help make it possible for THE ARK to reach out to families coping with Alzheimer's Disease.” “The Open Grants funding we received will help fund our new Transitional Living Center for Homeless Families (TLC).” “To be the recipient of an Opens Grants award has launched the Summerville Community Orchestra to a new level of service.”

So, will you help us compete in March Goodness? To give, visit our page before March 30th. You can also track our progress online. We appreciate your support!

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