Save the Date!!!! May 6, 2014 starting at noon you can make online donations to LLI through the Annual Giving Challenge. You donation will be matched until funds run out, so give early.
What is the Giving Partner Challenge?
The Giving Challenge will occur this year on May 6, 2014, to correspond with the Give Local America campaign, a national day of giving. This coveted fund-raiding opportunity is hosted locally by The Community Foundation of Sarasota together with four other local Foundations (The Patterson Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation). On May 6th starting at noon, donors can log into the online donation portal and make contributions to non-profits that have been approved and set up profiles with The Giving Partner, an online knowledge base helping donors and funders make more informed decisions about giving. Donations will be matched until the match funds run out. We are proud to announce that LLI has an approved on line profile enabling us to participate in this exciting fundraising opportunity. This is an amazing opportunity for LLI to raise much needed revenue to enable us to continue to offer the programs you enjoy and look forward to attending and will enable LLI to expand our programs and services.
How it works
Beginning noon, Tuesday May 6, 2014 you will go to the Giving Challenge web site (the link has not yet been released) and make your donation with a credit or debit card for any amount. It’s important to log on as soon as the challenge opens, as the matching funds go quickly.
Why we need your donation
LLI is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an all-volunteer Board of Directors and various committee members.
Expenses consist of advertising, printing of brochures, flyers, course catalogs and office supplies plus an administrative independent contractor and modest honoraria paid to lecturers and instructors.
Facilities (classrooms, office, lobby and auditorium), phone and internet are provided by in kind donations from Edison State College. We share class revenues with Edison State College as compensation for classroom use.
Our goal is to expand our programs: reach more people, increase attendance and increase the variety and number of courses, lectures, films and trips provided each year. We also plan to add new training for people between jobs and for small businesses. In order to do so we need additional funding for broader advertising to reach out to the community and attract new participants, to cover expansion of programs and to staff additional administrative support.
We need additional funds to expand our programs and services (such as creating an online registration and credit card payment receipts) and to improve our marketing and program materials. We run very lean and are not able to increase our administrative budget, nor bank a reserve.