The Funder Collaborative for Reading Success is pleased to release our 2018 Request for Proposal Guidance, available here. Priorities are:
- high-quality family education and engagement focused on building families’ capacity to support their children 0-8 in developing language, emergent literacy, and reading skills. Our use of the terms “family” and “parents” are meant to include parents, grandparents, guardians and other caretakers raising young children.
- enhancing the capacity of early education and care, out-of-school time, and summer learning programs to provide high-quality support for children’s language, emergent literacy, and reading skills.
Funder Collaborative for Reading is a group of 12 local funders including the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts that has pooled our resources with a goal of strengthening and advancing early literacy skill development in children from birth to age 8 to ensure children in Springfield are reading at a proficient level by fourth grade.
A New Approach to Valley Gives is on the Horizon
2018 is a momentous year for Valley Gives. After this year, Valley Gives will shift from a single online giving day to a broader, year-round approach, expanding the capacity of our local nonprofits and promoting community philanthropy. The Valley Gives goals will remain the same: to encourage generosity and to help nonprofits navigate the changing trends and technologies that can strengthen their financial and organizational health.
Since its launch in 2012, Valley Gives Day has expanded the breadth and depth of philanthropic giving in the Pioneer Valley:
- raising over $8.5 million
- engaging 31,000 unique donors
- supporting more than 500 local non-profits
- providing nearly 100 of hours of training
- awarding almost $1 million in prize incentives
We developed Valley Gives to support nonprofit sustainability through philanthropic giving and capacity building. It began in the form of a giving day in order to promote on-line giving as an instrument for nonprofits. CFWM’s aim was to help local nonprofits attract more donors and create a vehicle through which donations of all sizes could be coordinated to have a greater impact. An online giving day was a cutting-edge model and enabled us to accomplish those goals.
Since then, the introduction of new platforms, tools, social media and changing donor behaviors requires CFWM and nonprofits to explore new approaches to motivate donor giving.
In 2019, CFWM will launch Valley Gives 360. We will move away from the single giving day to focus on the continuum of giving. We will offer regular trainings, on-line resources, and tools to strengthen the collective capacity of our nonprofits to meet the persistent needs of our community. We will expand our efforts to encourage generosity and connect donors to causes they care about.
We’re excited about the Valley Gives transformation and the potential to have a deeper impact on our local nonprofits, and community philanthropy.
In the meantime, please mark your calendar for the Valley Gives Day finale on May 1, 2018. Let’s make it the best one yet!