Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Local nonprofits reflect on NH Gives fundraising event

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The actual dates for NH Gives — an NH Center for Nonprofits online giving day for state organizations — were June 7 and 8, but for attendees the work began before the event.

Roy Schlieben, executive director of MAXT Makerspace in Peterborough, said the board had played an important role in preparing for NH Gives, reaching out to the community, friends and family members via email and by face to face.

“It’s that personal touch that grabs people’s attention,” he said. “People are being bombarded with calls from all directions.”

But even with all the hard work, the event can still be unpredictable.

“Twenty-four hours isn’t a lot,” he said. “You have to do a lot of work to let your supporters know that,”

MAXT Makerspace, which provides resources for artists, entrepreneurs, students and adult learners, had a goal of raising $25,000 during NH Gives and surpassed it by raising $25,994. Schlieben said NH Gives is a crucial part of the organization’s fundraising, allowing it to provide discounted memberships to the vast majority of its members.

“If we didn’t have NH Gives, we wouldn’t be able to provide the services we offer for the price we offer,” he said.

MAXTMakerspace worked last year to replace some of the programs lost when the Sharon Arts Center closed. He launched the Community Ceramics Center in Dublin, which now hosts five classes and workshops a week, and is also upgrading its jewelry making section.

The organization also opened a new print shop and textiles room last summer, opened a new bicycle shop during the winter, and is opening a new gallery for new and emerging artists this spring. MAXT also starts a forge/welding section.

Preparation was also big for Flying Gravity Circus in Wilton, which raised $3,445, surpassing its goal of $3,000.

“We worked hard on this, and it was rewarding to see the community participate,” said general manager Jackie Davis.

The Davis team prepared and scheduled social media posts ahead of the event to encourage people to give, and during NH Gives they posted thank you messages on Facebook whenever they saw new donations coming in. . She said she was encouraged to see board members, staff and families. of the children they teach spread the word.

“We saw some beautiful tributes,” she said.

Flying Gravity Circus teaches provides circus training to children and teens, and Davis said while the federal Paycheck Protection Program saved the organization, it’s still recovering from the pandemic, including having to suspend its program. Circus After School and Silver Lining Summer Camp for two years.

“We’re trying to resuscitate these two programs, which were both put on hiatus during the pandemic,” she said.

Camp is scheduled for July, and the Flying Gravity Circus summer troupe will be performing at events this summer, which Davis says is a way to get their students to develop performing chops.

“They have these cool circus skills, but now they have to walk around and smile and entertain,” she said.

According to Executive Director Lauren Judd, the money raised through NH Gives represents 14% of the Cornucopia Project’s budgeted revenue.

Having set a goal of $40,000, the Peterborough organization did even better by raising $48,511. Of the total, $3,000 is for youth culinary programs, while the rest will support underfunded programs and free services The Cornucopia Project provides students from preschool through high school, schools, and partner organizations to make advance the practical nutrition education of children.

“We are thrilled with the outpouring of support from the community, including generous corporations and the Board of Directors,” Judd said.

The Cornucopia Board of Directors created a matching fund of $20,000, and Eversource Energy Foundation, Perry Family Dental Care, Belletetes, Women 2 Women in Business (Monadnock area), Rosaly’s Garden, Edmunds Ace Hardware, Hobbs Jewelers and Anytime Apparel also provided matches.

Martha and Bill Raymond, longtime members of Cornucopia Community Supported Agriculture, set up a matching fund, as did Mike and Sue Stanley. Martha Raymond has volunteered at the Cornucopia Project’s cooking classes, and Judd said Mike Stanley is a longtime board member.

“Mike was one of our earliest supporters,” she said. “He’s been an essential part of this organization.”

More than two dozen local groups participate

Overall, NH Gives raised nearly $3.49 million from more than 13,000 donors for 575 organizations.

“It makes me feel like I’m part of the state’s nonprofit community,” Davis said of her involvement. “It makes you feel less alone. It makes you feel uplifted.

Judd said The Cornucopia Project works with other New Hampshire nonprofits, so the organization celebrates its success alongside theirs.

“We express our sincere gratitude to everyone who gave during this powerful and large-scale fundraiser,” she said.

The following bands from the Monadnock area have participated in NH Gives (figures as of June 9):

Andy’s summer playhouse in Wilton – $1,329.

Children and the Arts in Peterborough — $6,582.

ColdSprings Healing Paws Foundation in New Ipswich – $2,760.

Community volunteer transportation business in Peterborough – $3,230.

ConVal End 68 Hours of Hunger – $4,040.

Flying Gravity Circus in Wilton – $3,445.

Friends of the Greenfield Community Meeting House – $8,407.

Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs in Peterborough – $4,455.

Greenfield Historical Society in Greenfield – $545.

Harris Center for Conservation Education at Hancock – $2,235.

Ingalls Association 1894 at Rindge – $2,185.

Jaffrey Women’s Club – $530.

American Legion Post No. 11 John Humiston in Jaffrey – $1,900.

MacDowell to Peterborough – $225.

MAXT Makerspace in Peterborough – $25,994.

Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter in Peterborough – $11,659.

Monadnock at home in Jaffrey – $885.

Monadnock Center for History and Culture in Peterborough – $21,716.

Monadnock Worksource in Peterborough – $4,980.

Music on Norway Pond at Hancock – $345.

Peterborough players – $2,425.

Jaffrey Reality Check – $200.

Scott-Farrar to Peterborough – $5,100.

Shelter from the Storm in Jaffrey – $1,155.

The Cornucopia Project in Peterborough — $48,511.

The Grapevine Family and Community Resource Center in Antrim – $14,350.

Touchstone Farm in Lyndeborough – $21,695.

The Well School in Peterborough – $575.

The River Center in Peterborough – $16,152.

The Park Theater in Jaffrey – $675.

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