Give Grandly-Give Local is part of an annual, nationwide fundraising event that focuses donations to local non-profits in one 24-hour window (12:01 am to 11:59 pm), a giving day. Many state and local community foundations participate as part of their mission to support local nonprofits. They believe that by facilitating and supporting these giving days, they can increase the impact of nonprofits in their communities and foster a local culture of giving.
New Mexico has participated in Give Grandly since 2014. That year, the effort in Grant County was sponsored by the Grant County Community Foundation (GCCF), and 38 non-profits signed up! GCCF secured a private donation to cover nonprofit registration fees ($40 each) which enabled many small organizations to participate. The community response was overwhelming, generating substantial online and in-person contributions, mostly between $10 and $25. That year, Grant County made history by raising $56,852 in 24 hours with all funds being restriction free. GCCF does not take a percentage so the money raised goes directly to designated nonprofits.
In 2015, Grant County started planning for the next year’s event in August with all of the non-profits collaborating in regular monthly meetings. This time Grant County was going it alone as the rest of the state took a break from participating, although some nonprofits from neighboring Catron and Luna counties joined our group. These nonprofits decided to reserve Gough Park to have a large, noticeable event that we could invite the public to come to in order to get to know area nonprofits. Forty-one non-profits participated and raised $93,707 in the 24-hour period! Many people gave to more than one nonprofit - for example, one man brought eight $10 bills and gave each to a different organization. This 2015 non-profit group voted to form a coalition, the Southwest New Mexico Non-Profit Coalition, dedicated to planning this event annually as well as looking for other collaborative opportunities.
In 2016 GCCF partnered with United Way. The 2016 Give Grandly event was next to the Silver City Farmers’ Market on opening day May 14 and raised over $105,000. Freeport, UW, First American Bank, McCune Foundation and James Edd Hugh Edward Jones contributed $12,500 in matching funds.
In 2017 GCCF again partnered with United Way. The Give Grandly nonprofit fair was held on 7th Street, next to the Silver City Farmers’ Market on opening day, Saturday, May 6, and ran from 8:30 to 2:00. Participating nonprofits set up tables with staff (or volunteers) to highlight their work on behalf of southwestern New Mexico and to answer questions. Musical entertainment and free food goodies boosted the energy for patrons to give. Computers were be set up at the fair for donors to make their tax-deductible donations to their favorite projects or to the Community Foundation at large; anyone was able to donate online beginning from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on May 6, 2017. A new mobile texting app was available for donating via smart phones and tablets. Matching funds were generously provided by Freeport McMoRan, Inc, United Way of Southwest New Mexico, and James Edd Hughs Edward Jones.
The final collective total for the 4th annual Give Grandly was $116,271!
2018 marks the 5th annual Give Grandly event, and to celebrate the community is aiming high for a collective total of $500,000 raised in 5 years. Participants and patrons are encouraged to use the hashtag #5in5 to share the spirit of the 5th annual Give Grandly. The event will be held on May 5, 2018 concurrent with the first Silver City Farmers Market of the season. For more information on the 5th annual Give Grandly, please keep an eye here, or on our Facebook Page
Give Grandly! has raised over $368,990 for southwest New Mexico’s nonprofits over the past 4 years. Join us on May 5, 2018 and help us celebrate the 5th annual Give Grandly by raising a collective total of $500,000 in 5 years! #5in5 Give a little. Give a lot. Give Local. Give Grandly! and help us make history again.