Giving Tuesday is a day to celebrate the best parts of the human spirit. It is a day to reflect on community, to consider the bigger picture, and to give back to the organizations that provide crucial services to people in need.
This year, Giving Tuesday falls on November 29th. Charities and non-profit businesses all over the world participate in the day, and to great success so far in Giving Tuesday's short history. In just four years total donations made on Giving Tuesday have increased from $10 million in 2012 to just shy of $117 million in 2015. Donors find extra joy in joining the global generosity movement, sharing their gifts with their communities on this designated day.
The Brunner Literacy Center's goal is to raise $2,000 on Giving Tuesday 2016, and to raise $5,000 by the end of the year. Every amount helps the BLC to continue to provide educational services and materials to our students free of charge. To donate to the BLC and support adult literacy in Dayton, please click here to go to our secure donation form.
Curious about the impact of your gift?
In September 2016, the Brunner Literacy Center reached out to local government officials in Dayton, Ohio to do something special to honor the spirit of the day.
Brunner Literacy Center is a top 10 finalist in the Jump START Your Nonprofit contest from Modern Office Methods for nonprofit organizations in Dayton. The winning organization will receive new office equipment valued at $10,000.
This is a great opportunity for us, as you know firsthand the time it takes to raise this amount of money! This makeover would allow us to be more efficient in bringing literacy education to those who need it most. Typically, money raised tends to support our mission, rather than offset business technology costs.
We need your vote! The more votes, the better chance we have to win. Go to www.momnet.com and vote for the Brunner Literacy Center once a day beginning Monday, September 26 at 8 a.m. through Friday, October 7 at 5 p.m. We need this makeover to help us run better and serve our communities better!
Please share this contest with any friends, family, or colleagues who you feel would be willing to vote for us.
Happy voting and thank you for your support!
The BLC has received a gift of just over $1500 from AT&T Ohio.
Mark Romito, Director of External Affairs for AT&T Ohio, visited the Brunner Literacy Center on Wednesday, September 7th to present a check of $1,561.00. These funds are a wonderful asset that will help the BLC to continue our daily operations and keep our services free of charge to our students.
You may notice that the amount of the check is a bit unorthodox. During his visit, Mark explained that by the time BLC grant writer Sr. Ruth Ann Meyer contacted him, she must have gone through every website and back channel possible to get there. Her persistence encouraged AT&T to take notice of the Brunner Literacy Center's positive contributions to the community, education, and workforce development. As a result, AT&T made a gift of its remaining community funds that were available, which happened to total the $1,561 shown.
This story comes as no surprise to those of us who are familiar with Sr. Ruth Ann's considerable tenacity and skillful research. Prior to her work with the BLC, Sr. Ruth Ann, who has her PhD in mathematics, worked as an academic researcher and grant writer for Western Michigan University. She has brought phenomenal success to the BLC, achieving a grant response rate of around 60%. Typical response rates hover around 20%. Sr. Ruth Ann's success rate is a strong testament to the importance of the literacy services being provided by the BLC.
We acknowledge with sincere gratitude the efforts made by Sr. Ruth Ann Meyer, AT&T, and Mark Romito to further our mission of bringing literacy skills to adults in Dayton.
The Dayton Foundation has generously awarded a $7,500 Greenlight Grant to the Brunner Literacy Center.
This grant will be a tremendous help going forward as the BLC makes progress toward opening our new branch locations. The Dayton Foundation's gift will go toward furnishing and purchasing necessary materials for both of our upcoming Catholic Social Services sites.
The Brunner Literacy Center relies on the generosity and commitment to community development demonstrated by The Dayton Foundation's gift. We look forward to using these funds to further our mission and to bring the joys and benefits of literacy to more people in Montgomery County!
The Dayton Foundation is the regional community foundation for Greater Dayton. Since 1921, the Foundation has helped people to help others. The Dayton Foundation has helped caring individuals to establish and manage charitable funds and be part of the Foundation's 95-year history of awarding to nonprofits over 300,000 grants totaling more than $812 million. Through the Foundation, these donors have supported the building of a stronger community through philanthropy and leadership. More information about The Dayton Foundation and its services is available at www.daytonfoundation.org.
If you or someone you know would like to contribute to our work, visit our Donate page or call us today at (937) 567-9600 to discuss how you can help.