End-of-Year Giving to HOPE Fuels 2017 Impact
Each year HOPE is blown away by the support we receive through our End-of-Year Giving campaign over the holiday season. As of January 12th, donors have raised $5,750 in support of our cause.
Last year, funds received at the end of 2015 were quickly put to work purchasing and renovating 10 additional homes for those we serve- a 13.8% increase to our portfolio. Staff cannot wait to get started on our 2017 housing objectives.
Manager of Community Relations Ian Nevarez oversaw this year's campaign. "HOPE is well on our way to accomplishing our 80 by '18 goal," said Ian. "We set out in 2015 to provide a home to 80 additional adults with developmental disabilities. We are currently at 59, almost 75% of our goal."
Our 2016 campaign consisted of #GivingTuesday emails and social media marketing appeals, a letter from Board Member Nori Dempsey, a holiday postcard reminder, and two end-of-year email solicitations sent to HOPE’s extended constituent base. Thank you to all of our volunteers, board members, staff, and donors who helped to make this year a success.
The nonprofit giving season is kicked off each year on #GivingTuesday. HOPE staff member Inez Coquereau designed this year’s appeals and explains the significance behind the day, “#GivingTuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. It kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday giving and are searching for different ways to be generous.”
Also during this year’s campaign we launched our new HOPE Helps Gift Catalog that allows donors to choose a home item or renovation project that will benefit a neighbor with developmental disabilities while honoring a loved one with a free personalized card. Items can be selected that improve mobility for our residents like ADA sinks, ramps and widened doorways. There are donations that can go to support increased self-reliance like washers & dryers, stoves, or dishware. Lastly, some gifts help with increasing community like patio furniture, sofas, or dining room furniture. Consider this new way to support HOPE in lieu of tradition gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays.
The donations we received this year will go toward the renovation efforts at our newest “supported living” homes on Daisy Avenue in Long Beach and our affordable housing on Rosecrans Avenue in Norwalk. Also, gifts will be used to supplement the purchase of an additional affordable home in partnership with the City of Norwalk.
Our donors are the real heroes at to HOPE. Their contributions directly empower us to create housing stability for those most vulnerable in our communities. Our successes in 2016 were their successes, and our triumphs in the coming year will be due to their generosity.
HOPE looks forward to continuing our collective mission together in the coming year!
It’s never too late to donate through the HOPE Helps Gift Catalog in lieu of a traditional gift to a loved one. Make your gift here today and a personal card will be mailed to your honoree notifying them of the donation made in their name