What is THE BIG GIVE?
The Big Give is a 24 hour ONLY giving rally for non-profits in St. Clair County organized by the Community Foundation. This event was created to give the 72 participating non-profits in the community an economic boost to continue their good work. It also shows that when people work together, great things can be accomplished!
Spero’s goal this year was to raise $60,000 to provide 150 ultrasounds to our Spero clients. The center usually provides about 380 scans annually to women who need to see that little heart beating. To help us meet that goal we had several matching challenges and thankfully YOU met and exceeded every one of the challenges!
First time donors had their gift DOUBLED thanks to a $1000 match from the Spero Board Members! Thank you and welcome to the family.
Another fun match was The Early Bird Gets the Worm Challenge – Gifts before 9am had their $$ DOUBLED thanks to another match from the Spero Board Members! We were able to double the opportunity to give young moms a view into the womb and their tiny baby. This exciting match was met before we even made it to work that day!
Our Social Share Challenge did great! For every SHARE our BIG GIVE post received on Facebook, our generous board of trustees donated $1 up to $500! This was a great way to raise community awareness and our SPERO name was shared far and wide across the world, receiving donations from Ireland and The Czech Republic! Isn’t God good.
To top it all off, right at the last minute a donor stepped-up and offered a $10,000 ALL DAY MATCH! We were blown away at the generosity of this gift and like all the others, we reached this outstanding goal by lunchtime!
Our Open House that day was also a success and a great opportunity to give donors, old and new alike, a chance to see our facility and to give their donation for the Big Give right here. We met many new faces and enjoyed the support. If you missed it, don’t fret, we have another one scheduled for Giving Tuesday (Nov. 29) 4-7pm.
What was the outcome?
We are grateful to announce the outcome of the Big Give was $43,607 raised directly by donors with 185 individual gifts! Although we fell a bit short of our $60,000 goal, we are confident that will be made up in time. Spero found itself coming in at #2 on the BIG GIVE leaderboard after a long day battling for the position.
The St. Clair Community Foundation offered some great prizes too. Of the 8 competitive prizes, Spero won 3!! Adding an additional $2000 to our grand total. We took home the Rally Your Donors Award (the organization with the highest number of donors), the Procrastinators Award (most amount of donors after 10pm), and last but certainly not least the Early Bird prize (most amount of donors before 7am). Spero is also now eligible to partake in the bonus pool provided by the Foundation, anticipating another $4500.
This is all thanks to our wonderful, amazing and beloved donors and supporters. These funds will provide 107 ultrasounds to families in our community that come to us for help. With these kinds of fundraisers our doors will stay open and countless women will be given answers, and hope. Thank you all!