Giving Tuesday is an international fundraising day for nonprofits. SOAR assists nonprofits in Teller County with raising money through training and marketing experiences.
You can give one donation through SOAR and divide the donation among the nonprofits of your choosing. See the list below. SOAR has done this since May 2020 when COVID19 prompted an extra Giving Tuesday campaign. There are 24 nonprofits listed and your donation can be split among all when your donation is $480 or more.
Choose the amount of money you would like to donate
Choose the nonprofits from the list above that you would like your funds distributed to and also how much you would like to give per nonprofit ($20 is the minimum per nonprofit for distribution purposes)
Write a check to SOAR and mail to: SOAR P.O. Box 214 Woodland Park, CO 80866 or drop the check by Reserve Our Gallery at 400 West Midland (Suite 120) between the hours of noon and 4 p.m. You can also call 719-401-2301 to donate via credit card. Paying with a credit card can also be done when you visit Reserve Our Gallery. Credit card fees are deducted from your gift. For example, giving $20 is actually an $18 donation if the credit card fee is $2
An Art Fair with 16 artisans, an Art Walk and Studio Tour all happen in Woodland Park from 10 am to 3 pm. on the 28th of this month. At 400 West Midland artists set up in the main lobby of the building as well as in Our Gallery, Suite 120. Join the fun! Maps and photos will be added to this post.
The following businesses and nonprofits partnered to dress the windows during the Moose is Loose annual sales event in Woodland Park. The Moose is Loose is an activity Tweeds Fine Furnishings coordinates with the help of other businesses in town each year. The winning window: Alpine Firearms and AARF – Adoptable Animal Rescue Force.
Alpine Firearms and Adoptable Animal Rescue Force
Colorado GearLab and HtN Hope Lives Here
Cowhand and Ute Pass Historical Society
Cowhand and Symphony Above the Clouds
Hungry Bear and SATURN
Mountain View Yogurt Plus and Status: Code 4, Inc.
Williams Log Cabin Furniture and Lighter Side of Christmas
Local nonprofits (serving people in Teller County, Colorado) have the opportunity to participate in Charity Sales with SOAR to fundraise for their organization. The Charity Sales are done virtually.
Sale items for a Charity Sale are collected by SOAR and stored. A person purchasing items during the Sale makes a donation directly to the nonprofit. This is done when an item is picked up. Money does not change hands ahead of time. Donations are made online through the nonprofit’s website.
SOAR provides Charity Sales at no cost except for storage fees. SOAR takes care of collecting items, marketing the sale through social media and setting up the online sale.
SOAR offers this program as a way for residents to give back to local nonprofits. Sometimes, a person is downsizing their home and they have a bedroom set they’d like to give away. A Charity Sale is the perfect solution! These activities began during the 2020 pandemic as a way to enhance local giving.
On average, nonprofits earn 7% on their short term investment of $125. This a great way for a donor to enhance their gift to an organization.
If you’d like to learn more – email firstname.lastname@example.org or text one word – charitysale – to (833) 763-0494
Symphony Above the Clouds and Rhapsody Bar are the People’s Choice Winners!! $50 donation to the Symphony Guild from SOAR. (Total votes: 65) They added 34 votes during the Sidewalk Sale coordinated by Main Street on September 19, 2020!
The Runner Up for People’s Choice ALSO had a table at their window location during Main Street’s Sidewalk Sale. Congratulations Friends of Mueller State Park and GearLab! $35 donation to the Friends of Mueller State Park from SOAR. (Total votes: 56)
O – offer opportunities for people to be involved in your mission
A – accept the way people participate
R – respect and appreciate everyone involved
SURE – I bet you already SOAR. The depth of how often and how much you SOAR is the determining factor when improving your current status.
SOAR in the airstream – 33,000 feet
SOAR at Ground level
To SOAR you have to begin at the ground level before you can take flight. SOAR with Network Fundraising is a book that brings networking into the program to grow market share and raise money. The ground level is based on getting help to fulfill your mission. There’s a way to engage volunteers and build your network.
Establish your fundraising team and begin to host monthly meetings. Determine how you’re going to raise money and what kind of resources you already have and what you’ll need. It is important to include your fundraising team in decision-making and let them take roles.
Elevation to the airstream happens when the team you have is able to fly on their own. This is when you are able to relax, watch, mentor, and make important decisions while your team is motivated to create success for your organization’s mission.
getting into the Airstream
There are ways to get to the airstream rapidly. SOAR at ground level is one way. The reference of birds flying in a v-formation to get from one place to another efficiently is an example. Birds fly in a V because the leader creates an updraft and following behind is easier. Gayle Gross of SOAR with Network Fundraising trains you on leading your team toward successful fundraising. SHE creates the updraft for you and in the end, you create the same kind of updraft for your team. Organizations who SOAR migrate to the place where their organization benefits most. It’s the place of higher resources and lesser resistance.
Do you already have a fundraising program? Add the credits you’ve already earned because of the things you already do in your program – click here!
Email email@example.com OR, schedule a call to get your fundraising questions about SOAR answered.
Build fundraising into the framework of engagement for local businesses.
Meetings and activities for SOAR’s Co-Op happen within brick and mortar business locations to promote developing partnerships and potential sales/service
In-kind donation opportunities by a business help to offset the frequent “ask” for donations, which is a common complaint contributing to donor fatigue
Use it as a
platform to develop a model for giving back
SOAR’s Co-Op increases communication, which promotes being on the same page as well as resolving conflicts
The Co-Op becomes a central donation/distribution hub when the right parameters are in place. This relieves businesses from constantly being asked and potentially feeling that if they do not comply they will lose business
Communities thrive when people give back in meaningful ways. Meaningful depends on knowing each other’s likes and dislikes and caring enough to always make it a positive experience.
Offer the program
as a marketing opportunity
networking events are built into the program, which promote the development of
People have an
opportunity to “be the trainer” and at the same time promote their business. This
is when getting to know the business owner or who they have working in their
shop truly makes a difference. Someone operating a cash register may have
previous experience in event planning. They can be the experts in the field
when it comes to training nonprofits on the topic at Co-Op meetings. It’s
shining the spotlight on talents and creating goodwill at the same time
The fee to participate in the Nonprofit Cooperative is adjustable. The total left over at the end of the year is equal to a fundraiser.
The participation fee does not raise a lot of money although there are ways to expand upon the model to make fundraising more affective. For example:
increased sales at Main Street business locations develop into positive stories.
Use these when writing grant requests
SOAR works with
organizations to implement the Nonprofit Cooperative
SOAR shares the
message of how the Co-Op benefits an organization’s mission
chooses to develop a Nonprofit Cooperative in their community, which adds a
longer philanthropic arm to their mission
the potential for success through discovery with key stakeholders and
additional research. A proposal is presented when a better than average rating
develops between SOAR and the organization, which normally lasts through the
implementation phase or up to one year