Club Giving - 100% Participation Goal for GWR Clubs
Kimberly Cook - Fall 2014
As Region Fundraising Chair, I’m asking clubs to remember to add a line for Club Giving into your budget this year, if you haven’t already. Governor Sandi has set a goal that 100% of clubs in Golden West Region contribute at least 10% of their fundraising dollars to Club Giving.
Are you or your members thinking that you prefer to keep your fundraising dollars in your community rather than contributing to Club Giving? While local projects are important, your club, as a member of Soroptimist International of the Americas, is part of a movement beyond your local community. When your club makes a Club Giving contribution of at least 10% of what your club raises locally, you help ensure our federation can increase the number of women and girls who benefit from our global programs. As Soroptimists, we envision a world where all women and girls have the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential and live their dreams! To get there, each of the 1300 plus clubs throughout 20 countries and territories that make up our federation join together in providing financial support to our unique and amazing programs through Club Giving.
In just the past five years, SIA has given more than $3,000,000 in funds through the Live Your Dream: Education & Training Awards for Women, the Violet Richardson Award and Soroptimist Club Grants for Women & Girls. These programs help change the lives of thousands of women and girls around the world and are funded directly from your Club Giving contributions.
At our current level of funding, we are able to give Live Your Dream Awards to only about 30% of women who apply for them. And with the launch of Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls this year, funds are needed to ensure the program’s success.
Please make your contribution this club year - and when you fill in the transaction form or the online donation form, make sure you let SIA Headquarters know that your club’s contribution is at least 10% of the funds raised locally there’s a check box on the form, so it’s easy.
In case our fabulous programs aren’t incentive enough for you, all clubs giving at least 10% of the funds raised locally will be entered in a draw for a $500 Live Your Dream Award from SIA for the club to award in the 2015-2016 club year. The minimum donation for the draw is $250.