Funding Hub Promotes Local Projects for Local Support
The message and method are simple, Live Here. Give Here. The Nonprofit Institute at the College of Southern Maryland has launched an online giving portal, Southern Maryland Gives, to make it easier for the community to support nonprofit organizations projects each month that are both close to home and to their hearts. Southern Maryland Gives began accepting online donations May 1 featuring six different nonprofits projects currently needing support as well as many local nonprofits that are accepting general donations.
Southern Maryland Gives will be a game-changer for many of our regions nonprofits, said CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried. This online giving hub will let the community know the exact needs of our nonprofits, while enabling people to demonstrate their generosity and to give back to their community. This initiative has truly been a labor of love that came out of a discussion with those in our nonprofit community on how we can better bring together different sectors and individuals. Our hope is that people will visit the site often to give to the local needs that they care about most.
The online hub, available at www.southernmarylandgives.org, highlights the nonprofits addressing our regions needs through the environment, historic preservation, humanitarian aid, health, education, arts and culture, youth services and programs, animals and more.
A variety of local projects will be highlighted for giving opportunities each month. The first six to be featured as the online giving site launches include:
Cleaning Angels, Inc, Wings of Hope, project goal: $2,000: Cleaning Angels seeks to provide free house cleaning services and meals as well as assistance with utilities, rent and transportation for individuals battling life-threatening conditions.
Forever Free Books, Books for All Kids, project goal: $2,000: Forever Free Books works to spark a love for reading and place free books into the hands of children by building home libraries one book at a time. The benefits of reading for young children include improving concentration, vocabulary and highly developed language skills as well as improving logical thinking skills and academic excellence.
Greenwell Foundation, Accessible Archery Range, project goal: $5,000: Camp Greenwells summer camp program allows all children regardless of ability or challenges to play, make new friends and experience new things. The project seeks to build an archery range including a shaded area for better accessibility for wheelchairs and use during hot summer days.
Humane Society of Charles County, Help Us Build a Shed, project goal: $5,000: The Humane Society of Charles County seeks to provide dedicated space for pre-adoption interviews, evaluations and information sessions. With no available office space, the shelters staff conducts these sessions in available empty space such as lobbies, offices or hallways.
Lifestyles of Maryland Foundation, Cots for Safe Nights, project goal: $5,000: Safe Nights provides overnight shelter to individuals and families from Oct. 1 through April 15. Rotating to various sites each week, the program provides shelter from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. as well as dinner and breakfast for participants. The program seeks to provide durable, sturdy cots for the participants that can withstand the weekly transport to host sites.
Sotterley, Corn Crib Project, project goal: $10,000: As Sotterley completes the restoration of its historic Corn Crib, funds are required to create a year-round exhibit, Land, Lives, and Labor, to focus on the lives of the enslaved who lived at Sotterley for over 160 years, as well as the stories of the tenants and the farm and domestic laborers of the19th and 20th centuries.
“We are encouraging community members to become Hometown Heroes by funding charitable activities right here in Southern Maryland, said CSM Lead Executive Assistant to the President Kim Yellman, who assists in coordinating the Southern Maryland Gives initiative. One of the most exciting features of Southern Maryland Gives is the ability for donors to Join the Conversation by leaving words of support on the nonprofit's organization's page and sharing the activity via social media. This platform really makes it easy for all of us, regardless of the size of our wallets, to become philanthropists.”
The Southern Maryland Gives online portal is powered by Razoo and sponsored by the Nonprofit Institute at CSM. Any size donation is appreciated, but a minimum $10 donation is required to donate online.
Southern Maryland Gives supporters include Charles and St. Marys County Governments, Southern Maryland Oil, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative and the College of Southern Maryland.
For information about the Nonprofit Institute, visit www.csmd.edu/NonProfitInstitute/. To view the latest projects or search local nonprofits to support, visit www.SouthernMarylandGives.org. For information on adding a local nonprofit to Southern Maryland Gives, visit http://southernmarylandgives.razoo.com/giving_events/smg/nptoolkit or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern Maryland Gives is an initiative of The Nonprofit Institute at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM). The institute was launched in 2012, with special funding by the Charles and St. Marys County governments, for the sole purpose of helping area nonprofit organizations become stronger by providing training, networking opportunities and special programs. We firmly believe strong nonprofits equal strong communities. Donating online via Southern Maryland Gives helps organizations focus on providing services and meeting critical needs in our area. For information, visit www.SouthernMarylandGives.org