Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sponsors sought to show heart by backing Yellowstone Valley gives

Stillwater County one of 7 to kick-off crowdfunding event May 4, deadline for sponsor registration April 14

Yellowstone Valley Gives — part of the statewide Giving Day May 4 — may be more important to area non-profits this year than any other year. Sponsorships may also make the most important impact for this one-day, online crowdfunding event.
“Sponsors — both for events and for prizes — amplify the impact on fundraising for the more than 70 nonprofits participating in the Billings-area effort,” said Ralph Spence, with the Billings Community Foundation which organizes the 24-hour “crowdfunding” event, in a press release. “They jumpstart the online donating and increase donations.”
Given the proposed budget cuts that would decimate many programs that help our most vulnerable population, our region needs very generous donors, according to Spence.
“Our nonprofits, in our seven-county region, serve our Veterans, our poorest families, and others who are going through a rough patch in their lives and need a helping hand,” Spence said. “Businesses who sponsor help lift up many people in need while also being recognized in the community for caring and compassion.”
All registered 501(c)3 organizations located in Stillwater, Big Horn, Carbon, Custer, Musselshell, Treasure and Yellowstone County, Montana are eligible to participate.
The deadline for sponsors to join this year’s event and get their logo on the T-shirt is April 14, 2017.
Sponsors can pitch in by donating anywhere from $250 to $5,000 and more, according to Spence. They can sponsor a prize for $250 or be an Event Sponsor for $1,000 or more to support the “Sharing Pool” and have their logo on the giving day T-shirt. The “Sharing Pool” gives bonus dollars to nonprofits that attract the most donations regardless of size. Currently the Event Sponsors are Spence Accounts, Connoisseur Media, Q2 News, MasterLube, Eide Bailey CPAs and Business Advisers.