A grant challenge can be a powerful activity.  Ask Covenant Enabling Residences, the Alano Club of Lahaina and Rockford Rescue Mission.  Each of the nonprofits mentioned received more than 10,000 in donations as a result of Holly Geraci and Peter Francis Geraci’s Grant Challenge.  But why does a “Grant Challenge” work?

When Holly Geraci and Peter Francis Geraci started the grant challenge, the idea was to raise awareness and money for local nonprofit organizations.  Over 100,000 in donations, in less than three months, later it is clear donors are invigorated by matching contributions.  Imagine if every dollar you donated, was matched.  Meaning, any organization you felt a connection to, would be immediately benefited by double your contribution; would you donate?  If you have the means, of course you would.

But let’s suppose you didn’t have the means, there are still other ways you can help.  Jasper, from the Alano Club of Lahaina Challenge, explained how people who couldn’t afford to contribute helped raise funds.  He said,

“Even those who could not afford to make a personal financial donation found ways to help: One group held a one day car wash that raised over $500! A second group made Christmas ornaments and sold them for $5 each and collected over $1,100! Talk about a fundraising team effort!” 

Raising money and awareness is a group effort.  The grant challenges, spearheaded by Holly Geraci and Peter Francis Geraci, invigorates donors to spend more and do more to promote the nonprofit they support.  It is for these reasons Holly Geraci and Peter Francis Geraci will continue to challenge nonprofits.

You can learn more about Holly Geraci’s charities at www.helphollyhelp.com.

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