Missouri nonprofits kick off fundraising for Gannett's A Community Thrives program
Gannett Foundation's 2021 A Community Thrives crowdfunding campaigns kicked off Monday.
The $2.3 million initiative is sponsored by Gannett, The Rolla Daily News parent company, and is marking its fifth year supporting groups that address social issues.
Last month, organizations applied to raise money for specific projects and will first raise money on their own through crowdfunding campaigns. Then, they will be eligible for one of 15 national grants of up to $100,000.
“A Community Thrives is an opportunity for Gannett to raise up local ideas and community needs by providing nonprofit organizations with visibility, grants and exposure to new donors through the unique power of the USA TODAY and USA TODAY Network platforms,” said Sue Madden, director of the Gannett Foundation.
Projects also are eligible for hundreds of community operating grants starting at $2,500, chosen by leaders across Gannett's USA TODAY Network of more than 250 news sites in 46 states.
In Missouri, that includes daily and weekly newspapers such as the The Rolla Daily News, Springfield News-Leader, Columbia Daily Tribune, Independence Examiner, Lake Sun Leader and Neosho Daily News.
Organizations that focus on building up historically under-resourced and underserved groups will be specially considered.
"Our driving mission is to empower our communities. It's at the core of what we do," said Gannett CEO Mike Reed. "The strength of our network gives us the ability to support local efforts across the country, particularly underserved groups."
The fundraising drive for A Community Thrives runs through Aug. 13. To donate, go online to acommunitythrives.mightycause.com and search for Missouri organizations. Nonprofits must reach a minimum threshold of donations to qualify for the national and local grants. In addition, each week a different incentive grant is available for nonprofits that either attract the most unique donors or raise the most that week.
About the Missouri applicants:
Armed Services YMCA of Missouri in Fort Leonard Wood: The mission is to serve the community by offering support and opportunities that empower military families to learn, grow and thrive. The free or low-cost programs help strengthen young families as they learn to cope with the unique challenges of military life. Visit asymca.org/fort-leonard-wood-home.
Blue Springs City Theatre in Blue Springs: The mission is to present live theater productions for the cultural education, entertainment and inspiration of the community; foster and develop through theatrical workshops and other appropriate means, the artistic talents and skills of company members and other interested persons; and subsidize social activities designed to foster the foregoing purposes of the organization. Visit bluespringscitytheatre.com.
Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks in Springfield: The mission is to provide help and hope to breast cancer patients and their families. Visit bcfo.org.
Englewood Arts in Independence: The mission is to assist the community through the development of residential and commercial incentives, public art, art events, art programs, philanthropy and community outreach solutions, which result in a thriving community with engagement and pride. Visit englewoodarts.art/home.
Friends of Mid-Missouri Fisher House, Inc. in Columbia: The mission is to promote awareness and support for the Fisher House, and to raise funds to be used for the construction of this new facility which will be completed in 2023 adjacent to the Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital. Visit midmofisherhouse.org.
Live 2 Give Hope in Lebanon: The mission is to give hope to those who have slipped through the cracks of traditional community assistance programs. Live 2 Give Hope's various programs provide financial and material assistance to members of the community who need temporary help, but aren't sure where to turn. Visit live2givehope.org.
People Helping Paws Dog Rescue in Jefferson City: People Helping Paws Dog Rescue is a rescue and pet food pantry that specializes in pulling bully breeds from kill shelters in the area. The rescue organization saves at risk dogs that have medical issues preventing them from being adopted. Visit peoplehelpingpaws.org.
Ragtag Film Society in Columbia: With cinema as a focal point, Ragtag Film Society exists to captivate and engage communities in immersive arts experiences that explore assumptions and elicit shared joy, wonder, and introspection. Visit ragtagcinema.org.
Rescue One in Springfield: Rescue One is a state-licensed, foster-based, no-kill rescue. All of the animals in Rescue One’s care live in foster homes until a forever home can be found. The nonprofit rescues without regard to breed, age, or ease of placement. The mission is not only to rescue animals in need, but to also educate the public on responsible pet ownership and help provide low cost spay/neuter for those in need of assistance. Visit rescueonespringfield.com.
Rotary Club Youth Camp Association, Inc. in Lees Summit: The mission is to provide a life-changing camping experience for disabled and disadvantaged youth. The vision is to be the nation’s finest camping facility impacting as many youth as possible, and be the trusted resource for organizations and individuals serving disadvantaged and disabled campers. Visit rotaryyouthcamp.org.
Springfield Chamber Chorus in Springfield: Members of Springfield Chamber Chorus act as ambassadors, artists, and educators, integrating choral music into the life of the community through meaningful experiences for both singer and audience. Visit springfieldchamberchorus.org.
Totes for Tots and Teens in Sullivan: The mission is to supply duffels/backpacks with hygiene supplies to Children's Division offices in 17 counties in Missouri to be given to children for their belongings when they are taken into foster care.