August 17, 2019 is National Nonprofit Day. It is a day to recognize the goodness nonprofits, volunteers and donors bring to the world. It is moving to imagine each of these winners taking a bow. And they are those among us least likely to.
Honoring 5 Nonprofits of the many who are in the winner’s circle on National Nonprofit Day:
1) Special Forces Charitable Trust provides support and advocacy for active duty and retired Special Forces qualified personnel and their families. The SFCT is the information, resource and referral provider 501c3 organization for the Special Forces community.
The Great Americans Shoot is their annual crowdfunding event that has earned millions of dollars in the last 5 years. That is something to honor on National Nonprofit Day.
The first $500,000 each year goes to to SFCT and the rest is dispersed among these noble nonprofits who support the special forces community:
- Golf Star Teen Adventures
- Sound Off
- Stay in Step
- That Others May Live Foundation
- The Marine Reconnaissance Foundation
- The Military Warriors Support Foundation
- The NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association Widow’s and Children’s Fund
- The Reece Initiative
- The Special Operations Care Fund
- The Special Operations Warrior Foundation
- The Special Operations Challenge
- The Williams H. Parker Los Angeles Police Foundation
2) The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin provides sustainable funding for Wisconsin’s most imperiled species and public lands, while helping citizens connect with our state’s unique natural places. They support critical conservation work through grant programs, offer opportunities for people to experience Wisconsin’s outdoors, and provide a means for people to help protect Wisconsin’s lands, waters, and wildlife through charitable giving and the Wisconsin Conservation Endowment.
Their annual fundraiser is the Great Wisconsin Birdathon which helps to cover costs of bird programs, grant submissions, public education and staffing.
“The Bird Protection Fund—a collaboration of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources—has raised and distributed $1,014,566 for bird conservation since it was created in 2009. Funds are used to protect Wisconsin’s birds throughout their life cycle—from their breeding grounds in Wisconsin to their migratory habitat in Central and South America.” We celebrate all of their efforts on National Nonprofit Day 2019.
3) ElderHouse holds an annual gala event and dance competition Dancing with the Stars to benefit their adult day care program. The senior citizens of their community are supported by this lively dance competition, providing their day care experience with safety, independence, dignity, vitality and wellness.
In celebrating the commitment of Elderhouse to love and care for the elderly on National Nonprofit Day, we share a heartfelt video of their fundraiser:
4) Hillcrest Elementary School marches forward with their mighty Be the Change Hillcrest Walkathon! School fundraising is an effort our whole society celebrates on National Fundraising Day.
“Kids have the power to change the world! What issues do you care about and how can you be MIGHTY to effect positive change in the world? The Hillcrest 2019 Walkathon is coming up & we are getting ready to show our MIGHTINESS by walking, volunteering & pledging to raise funds for important programs at our school!”
5) For Kids’ Sake Foundation is a hard working nonprofit who raises awareness and funds for kids with cancer. They are 100% volunteer based. Like many nonprofits, they would not run without volunteers. For Kids’ Sake shows their volunteers how valued they are which is to the success of their nonprofit organization. Whether their role is facilitating strategic planning sessions or placing phone calls, they help For Kids’ Sake stay afloat. Volunteers are essential to the work of many charity organizations thus they step into the winner’s circle on National Nonprofit Day. For Kids’ Sake Golf Tournament is managed from start to finish by volunteers and annually brings funds to support the foundation.
“The fact remains that every sixteen hours a child dies from neuroblastoma, and although cancer is the number one disease killer of our children, only 3.8% of cancer research funding goes toward pediatric cancer. That is why we have chosen to expand For Kids’ Sake, to raise money for neuroblastoma research as well as for families of children diagnosed with neuroblastoma.”
To help a nonprofit in any small way is an honor. The work of each one is touching. National Nonprofit Day celebrates donors, staff and volunteers who often work tirelessly for their cause.