Before you get caught up in the rush of the upcoming holiday season, take a few minutes to help our neighbors in need with a gift to the Give Local South Puget Sound, an initiative of the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound happening November 7 – 18, 2022.

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Lewis County nonprofits like the Lewis County Autism Coalition use Give Local funds to further their mission in our community. Photo courtesy: Lewis County Autism Coalition

Supporting Lewis County Nonprofits Supports Ourselves             

We all need a bit of help at some point. Sometimes we are lucky and can rely on friends or family. But other times, we need more than they are able or provide – whether it’s money, skills, or even a place to stay. That’s where nonprofits come in. They fill our needs when no one else can by working tirelessly themselves. Give Local is a great way to give Lewis County nonprofits a hand and to say thank you for all you do.

“When we look at the impact of Give Local over the last five years, it’s easy to see the quantifiable numbers,” shares Mary Lam, philanthropy and communications officer for the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound. “For example, our communities have raised $2.1 Million in support of about 100 local nonprofits. What is much harder to measure is the ripple effect of generosity as individuals connect with nonprofits that further the causes they most care about, and what that exposure means for each nonprofit’s work.”

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“My favorite part was knowing my classmates were in for the same experience, campfires, smelly cabins, and laughing till it hurts,’ says a Tumwater fifth grader that went to Cispus Learning Center. ‘It was cool to make this memory.” Photo courtesy: Cispus Learning Center

Causes like Cispus Learning Center. Established in 1933, the Cispus Learning Center is a 68-acre outdoor learning environment for elementary, middle and high school youth. Located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, they give students a unique look at the Pacific Northwest. They are also a nonprofit program of the Association of Washington School Principals. Their mission is to provide outdoor education and leadership training to all students, regardless of their ability to pay. “Give Local had helped us reduce barriers when groups weren’t sure if they could afford outdoor residential programs,” shares Chase Buffington, director of Cispus Learning Center. “Cispus outdoor school is a magical moment where people get to let down their guard, engage in person, and develop real relationships and bonds that last a lifetime.”

Their program educates thousands of youth annually and makes a big impact on those that come through their woods. “I made new friends with classmates,” shares a Centralia sixth grader. “The outdoor classroom will be something we remember forever.”

Give Local South Puget Sound
Take a few minutes to help our neighbors in need with a gift to the Give Local South Puget Sound, an initiative of the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound happening November 7 – 18, 2022. Photo courtesy: Chehalis River Basin Land Trust

Your Donation Means a Bit More with Give Local

The best thing about Give Local is you do not have to give a lot. In fact, in 2021, 80% of the donations were under $200, shares Lam.

“We started Give Local based on two simple ideas,” adds Mindie Reule, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound. “The first is that generosity is for everyone. We believe giving should be accessible and welcoming for every person who wants to share a gift with the community, no matter how much they can give. The second idea is that we can all do so much more for our communities when we come together than any of us can do alone.”

Every dollar adds up, especially during Give Local, where nonprofits can get additional funds thanks to the $100,000 Bonus Fund provided by the Dawkins Charitable Trust. At the end of Give Local, all donations are added up, and each charity gets a proportion of the Bonus Fund based on how much they raised during the campaign.

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The $100,000 Bonus Fund provided by the Dawkins Charitable Trust means your dollar gives more during Give Local. Photo courtesy: Boys & Girls Clubs of Lewis County

And with over 100 nonprofits participating in Give Local, you just may discover new charities you would like to support, as well as your favorites.

Donations to Local Nonprofits Make a Great Gift

Why not skip those lines or hours shopping Amazon and give your loved ones the gift that keeps on giving – a donation in their name as part of Give Local? Not only will you get your holiday shopping done fast, but you’re giving a gift, not just to your loved one but to all those who benefit from our local nonprofits.

Head to the Give Local website from November 7-18 to make your donations.

Community Foundation of South Puget Sound would like to extend a special thanks to our Give Local 2022 sponsors: The Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation and Lucky Eagle, Dawkins Charitable Trust, KXXO Mixx 96.1, LewisTalk, Olympia Federal Savings, ThurstonTalk, TwinStar Credit Union, Union Bank, VanSchoorl Consulting, WSECU, 94.5 Roxy and other private sponsors.

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