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2017 Give! Campaign Application

  • DEADLINE: Midnight, April 22

    (Including your high-resolution logo, photos and 990 Form)

    ABOUT THE GIVE! CAMPAIGN

    Give! is a year-end philanthropic initiative created to encourage everyone in the Pikes Peak region to give back and get involved with local nonprofits, with a particular emphasis on catalyzing philanthropy from those 36 years and younger. Nonprofits selected to participate attend trainings, compete for prizes (services and cash), receive media exposure, and utilize our online giving website to raise funds during November and December. Over the past eight years, Give! has enabled 166 local nonprofits to raise more than $8 million from over 60,000 donations while giving them access to media exposure, matching grants and dozens of hands-on training opportunities from local and regional experts. Give! is the nonprofit civic arm of the Colorado Publishing House and receives support from the Colorado Springs Independent, Colorado Springs Business Journal and the Pikes Peak Bulletin.

    Give! 2017 Application, References and Tools

    Your application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017. You will not be able to make changes to your application after this deadline. You will be informed of your application status before June 1, 2017. For a checklist of all materials you'll need to successfully submit your application, click here: goo.gl/sH4w7p
    You may save your draft and return to edit it, but PLEASE NOTE: attached files do not save and will need to be re-attached, and after you click "Save and Continue Later" at the bottom of the page, you MUST scroll back down and copy the unique link provided at the bottom of the page. You may email a copy to yourself, but some email services filter out auto-generated email as spam, so don't rely on the email link. If you lose the link, it cannot be recovered and you will need to start again. Once you click "Submit" you will not be able to edit your application. For reference, you may print the application from your browser. (Please note that applications must be submitted online via this form in order to be eligible for consideration.)

    Give! Campaign Participation Requirements

    Give! is first and foremost a platform for local organizations. What you get out of the campaign is in direct proportion to what you put into it.

    For your organization to be successful, you will need to actively participate. It is up to your organization to utilize the media support, trainings, matching grants and friendly competitions to which Give! provides access. We will train your designated liaisons on how best to mobilize your nonprofit to take advantage of the platform Give! provides. They will need to serve as your organization's point people for all things Give!, including but not limited to checking and responding to emails, participating in at least the two mandatory trainings and, in turn, communicating pertinent information to your entire organization including your board, staff, volunteers and/or constituencies served. Participation Fee: For groups accepted into the campaign, the participation fees are: $600 for first-time groups and $1,000 for returning groups. In return for your commitment, your organization will receive our guarantee that you will garner at least $1,500 in cash donations, as well as valuable media exposure and staff/board training. If you raise less than $1,500, the Give! Campaign will make up the difference. Payment is due no later than June 21, 2017. Readers will have the opportunity to read about your organization and discover new ones in the Colorado Springs Independent, Colorado Springs Business Journal, the Pikes Peak Bulletin and online at indygive.com. Readers of the papers are directed online to donate to the nonprofit(s) of their choosing. You are encouraged to utilize the Give! inserts and website for your year-end fundraising, increasing your opportunity for obtaining Matching and Challenge Grants, Special Awards and Friendly Competition prizes.
    MATCHING GRANTS Participation in this year’s campaign will require nonprofits to obtain at a minimum of one $500 matching grant to encourage more giving.

    Evaluation Criteria

    • Must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or operate under a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor.
    • Must apply to support a local project if you are a regional or national organization
    • All funds raised must pay for services in the Pikes Peak region
    • Give! cannot be the only or major fundraising source for your organization

    Is Give! right for you?

    • Do you have the time to commit to the full scope of the campaign June to Dec. 2017?
    • Do you have the people power to commit to the campaign?
    • What are your needs beyond money?
    • Will your organization benefit from the trainings and non-financial Give! Campaign offerings?

    What to emphasize in your application

    • Strength of your organization
    • Board engagement
    • Fiscal stability
    • Strategic and long-range planning

    What makes you different and important?

    • Are you duplicating services of other nonprofits?

    We will choose organizations with a clearly stated mission that differentiates them from like-minded nonprofits with similar missions. Be creative. Be thoughtful. Demonstrate that you can deliver on the program(s) you propose.

    What to specify

    • Fundraising efforts beyond the Give! Campaign
    • Technological capacity to support your mission and objectives
    • The impact your organization has on our community – use quantifiable and real world examples

    For returning nonprofits

    • Update your profile and share what’s new and exciting about this year.
    Please note, past professionalism and participation behaviors will be considered as part of your evaluation criteria.
    SELECTION AND RECEIPT OF FUNDS RAISED Organizations selected for the 2017 Give! Campaign will be announced starting on June 1, 2017 via email. You will receive 100% of the donations made to your group through the campaign. Your group will receive these funds at the 2017 Give! Celebration and Check Ceremony Thursday, February 1, 2018. Plus, a list of donors that contribute to your organization, including addresses and specific contribution amounts (unless donors choose to remain anonymous). All donations are directly deposited into the Give! Campaign account, and the official tax notification will be generated for donations $250 or greater by Give! (all donors receive an email receipt from the Give! website upon making their donation). However, it is our recommendation that you send a personal thank-you to each donor.
    APPLICATION FORM Be clear. Be succinct. Be complete. Good luck! SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION BY 11:59 p.m. ON SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017 Questions? Email: [email protected] FINAL NOTES
    1. Please add [email protected] AND [email protected] to your email list and/or be sure to check your spam folder so you don't miss any important updates from the Give! team.
    2. You can work on this online document, save and continue later, until the deadline, using the link at the bottom of the page. (Again, be SURE to save the link provided at the bottom of the page after you click "save and continue.")
    3. All fields with an *asterisk must be completed.

    Tips


    For fields requiring NUMBERS OR DOLLAR AMOUNTS, only use numbers. Do not use commas, dollar signs, percent signs or text, or any decimals, as these will cause an error. IMPORTANT: Before you begin the application process You may save your draft and return to edit it, but PLEASE NOTE: after you click "save and continue later" at the bottom, you MUST scroll down and copy the unique link provided at the bottom of the page. If you lose the link, it cannot be recovered and you will need to start again. Once you click "Submit" you will not be able to edit your application.

    Word Count and Punctuation Issues


    Because this is an online form, each field includes space for your responses (the "word count"). In some circumstances, the form may appear to allow more space for additional text, but when you press Submit you may receive a notice you are over the word count. In this case, please edit/shorten your response. NOTE: This may be due to the slightly different ways the online form reads your text and punctuation, e.g. the way in which hyphens are counted, long dashes, numbers, $ signs, or commas. You may get a different word count on this form than in Microsoft Word. Please be patient and cut/edit as necessary. If you get stuck, we can help.

    Technical Challenges?


    Contact us at [email protected] We are available for RFP support between 9 AM-noon and 1 PM-4:00 PM Monday-Friday. Really stuck? As a last resort call 719-577-4545 ext. 214, but first email your technical challenge and give us a chance to respond. Thank you! NOTE: Application deadline is a Saturday and staff will not be available that day for last-minute technical challenges. So be sure all your technical issues are addressed by Friday, April 21 during regular office hours.

    Requirements

    Before proceeding, please check the boxes below to signify you meet and understand the requirements for Give! participation:
    If your organization is not a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, it must operate under the fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)(3) organization in order to participate. If your organization is applying under the umbrella of a fiscal sponsor, please tell us the name of your fiscal sponsor below.
  • Organizational Contact Info


  • Name as it appears on your IRS 990 form
  • Name by which you prefer to be listed publicly, and on the Give! website
  • For your organization or fiscal sponsor
  • Best thing to do is open the website in your browser and cut and paste the url here.
  • Please leave blank if you do not have a link
  • Please leave blank if you don't have one
  • Leave blank if you don't have one
  • Organization's Mailing Address


  • Organization's physical address (if different from above)


  • Application Point of Contact Details


    To whom should we direct notification regarding this application? Selections will be announced by June 9, 2017.
  • Executive Director Details

    Please identify your director or chief leadership officer, whether paid or volunteer.
  • Development Director Details

    Please identify your development director or chief fundraising officer, if you have one.
  • Numbers Tip


    When entering numbers below, do not use dollar signs, commas, or other punctuation. Just the numbers, please, or you'll get an error message later.
  • Organization's Details


  • e.g., "Our income in 2014 was unusual because we received a large one-time grant," or "We lost all our computers due to a major power surge in 2015, so that is why our expenses were so high."
  • Attach your most recent 990 form here (as a PDF please). Attachments are lost on "save and continue" and will need to be re-attached in that case. If you have not yet filed a 990, please submit income and expenses for the most recent fiscal year, or current year-to-date.
  • Attach your 501(c)(3) IRS Designation Letter (or that of your fiscal sponsor) here (as a PDF please!). Attachments are lost on "save and continue" and will need to be re-attached in that case. Please name your file using the Give! naming convention: ORGNAME_docname_dateYYMMDD [e.g. TESSA_IRSletter_170416]
  • Add a new row
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    A Give! staffer or board member will meet with the board of an organization at the request of the organization or of the Give! campaign. Such a meeting most often takes place with first-time participants.
  • Give! Campaign Liaisons


    You must designate at least two (2) liaisons (staff, board or volunteers), each of whom can commit at least 10 hours monthly from June to December 2017. The Give! team will train your designated liaisons on how best to mobilize your nonprofit to take advantage of the platform that Give! provides. They will need to serve as your organization's point people for all things Give!, including but not limited to checking and responding to emails, participating in at least two mandatory trainings and, in turn, communicating pertinent information to your entire organization including your board, staff, volunteers and/or constituencies served. Please ensure your liaisons are fully informed of their responsibilities. If you need to change the below information at any time following your final submission, please inform the Give! staff as soon as possible.
  • In accordance with the CAN-SPAM Act, our mass mailing service cannot deliver to role-associated email addresses (e.g. [email protected], [email protected], etc.). If your email address falls within this category, your communications from Give! may be delayed and the Give! team may request an alternate email address from your liaison.
  • In accordance with the CAN-SPAM Act, our mass mailing service cannot deliver to role-associated email addresses (e.g. [email protected], [email protected], etc.). If your email address falls within this category, your communications from Give! may be delayed and the Give! team may request an alternate email address from your liaison.
  • Organization's Profile Information

    Please provide the following information EXACTLY as you would wish to see it published online at indygive.com. The shorter, sweeter and more specific your copy, the more compelling it proves among donors (not to mention the participant selection committee). Give! will work with you to edit this information for grammar and clarity before publication. Think about what is most important to communicate to a potential supporter learning about your organization for the first time. How can you persuade them to get involved? For examples, you can view the 2016 Give! profiles here.
  • What

    Imagine you are in an elevator with a prospective donor. You have 30 seconds to explain what your organization is about. Be succinct and memorable, focusing on the benefits you provide to communities in Colorado Springs.
  • Why

    People give with their hearts, not their calculators. Focus on what is moving about your mission, with secondary emphasis on what differentiates you from other organizations providing similar services or what makes your approach especially effective or unique.
  • Needs

    Please focus on volunteer and in-kind needs that will be valid as of Nov. 1, 2017. Be as specific as possible, e.g. a treasurer for our board, someone to teach basic carpentry, a new 800 SF roof for our barn, a B/W photocopier, etc.
  • Did You Know?

    Please provide a succinct statistic or data point that illustrates how your organization makes a difference. The ideal factoid would make a potential donor say, “Gee whiz! I didn’t know that.” For example: "One out of every five El Paso County women has been the victim of sexual assault" or "XX percent of the at-risk kids who participate in our 7-12th grade program continue on to college."
  • Testimonial

    Please provide a quotation from someone who has benefited from your services or can speak specifically to their impact.
  • (900 characters max = approximately 150 words)
  • Category Preference

    Every Give! participating organization is placed into a category. Categories serve a number of purposes for both participants and donors. For participants, categories can provide a smaller pool of potential nonprofit collaborators as well as friendly competitors for campaign-wide challenges. For donors, categories make the number of participants more digestible and help them discover new-to-them organizations impacting community issues they care about. Last year, we had 10 categories, but categories for Give! 2017 have not yet been finalized. You can help us by indicating which three of the following would best reflect the focus of your organization and ranking them in order of preference. Final discretion for category placement rests with the Give! team in order to best fit the needs of all participants. Your final placement will be determined by factors that include adhering to marketing strategy, creating even distribution and ensuring a level playing field for category-specific competitions. That said, your preferences are the most heavily weighted factor in determining your organization's category. For examples of how category designations are used, take a look at the 2016 Give! Guide.
  • Tell us why you're here!

    If you can answer the following in fewer than ~250 words, please feel free to do so -- we appreciate brevity.
  • For returning organizations only


  • Images & Logo


    APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT AT LEAST THREE (3) IMAGES, INCLUDING YOUR HIGH RESOLUTION LOGO AND TWO (2) PICTURES THAT SPEAK TO YOUR MISSION. If you are accepted into the Give! Campaign, these images will be used for promotional purposes during the campaign and may be used in the Give! Guide, at indygive.com, on Give! social media, or as part of our media partners' features on your organization. One of your images must be your logo.

    Images should convey your work in some way. Good photos include: close-ups of faces, happy people, showing what your organization is doing, who you are helping. Photos to avoid: group photos of staff, photos without people, photos with watermarks or logos superimposed on the image.

    You may upload up to four (4) photos if desired, but not all will be used. Final photo selection is at discretion of Give! staff and design consultants.

    IMAGE REQUIREMENTS:

    All image files must be 300 dpi or higher at actual size (actual size must be 2 MB or larger).

    Acceptable file formats: JPEG, PNG, TIF, EPS, or AI. May upload multiple versions if available.

    For the two (2) photos, orientation must be horizontal, not vertical.

    You must rename your files using the Give! naming configuration: ORGNAME_image1_dateYYMMDD [e.g. TESSA_image1_170416, TESSA_logo_170416]; your nonprofit name, the file contents and date before you upload -- otherwise the Give! team may not be able to identify it.

    Copyright: You must own the rights to these photos (or have a signed agreement with the photographer to use them) and have signed releases for minors, as these images may be printed in the Colorado Springs Independent and/or placed on the IndyGive.com website. By uploading the image(s) you are confirming you have the rights to use and publish these photos, and releases for minors. Please note, however, that no photo credit is given to the photographer.

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