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Together We Give

NH Gives, a day of giving for New Hampshire nonprofits, will go live on Tuesday, June 8th at 5pm and run for 24-hours until 5pm on Wednesday, June 9th. This unique event, administered by the N.H. Center for Nonprofits, is supported by dozens of generous sponsors and champions. Among them is the N.H. Charitable Foundation, a longtime friend of the Keene Family YMCA.

Our Y is participating in NH Gives, and we want to take a moment to explain why.

The Y is first and foremost a cause-driven charitable organization. We keep purpose at the center of everything we do and strive relentlessly to be true to our service engagement principles.

Our mission in action is strengthening the foundations of community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We do this always with a focus on growth, social good, community well-being and a long-term vision that positions the Y not just for today and tomorrow, but for sustainable mission success.

Philanthropic gifts are central to our ability to effect meaningful and enduring change where we live; to nurture the full potential of all; to tender like opportunities, regardless of means; to foster a sense of belonging; and to be always a safe and welcoming haven.

We do not do this alone; rather, we work side by side with dozens of amazing service-minded community partners who also want to build a better us.

We believe strongly in accessibility and equity; we aspire to model and embrace kindness, inclusiveness and diversity.

Now, more than ever, we need to be our best selves.

We have been tested … put through the ringer, one could say. But we never stopped believing in the power or the pursuit of our mission and its ability to connect, support and deliver help where it is most needed. Resiliency, such a defining character trait of this region, has prevailed.

Donors drive our mission work. Period. Donors are catalysts for good in the world; they are visionaries; they are – to put it simply – heroes who believe that together, in a shared journey, positive, life-changing outcomes are possible.

Through our Membership for All program, significant tuition-assistance and scholarship opportunities make our programs and services affordable to all. We strive to serve the entire community by providing financial assistance, which is determined by individual applicant needs. The money used to fund so much of what we offer is made possible by charitable donations from businesses, friends and members during our Annual Campaign.

It is a simple formula: With your help, we can educate more people, move more people, care for more people and give more where it counts.

Donations are essential also to providing the resources needed to expand our reach and impact. Our new, three-year strategic plan was put together wide-eyed over several months. This living road map features five ambitious priorities that seek to expand on and enhance all that we offer, to adapt smartly to meet changing community needs, to imagine and create new programs, and to do much of it through partnerships that deliver inclusiveness and healthy impact.

NH Gives is designed to build community, connect donors to local nonprofits and generate excitement about the large and extraordinary NH nonprofit sector.

It is a way for our Y to boost our annual fundraising.

Amplify your impact.

We are excited and humbled that a nationwide company that has corporate offices in Keene, is supporting our NH Gives campaign with a generous matching gift. Main Street America Insurance will match the first $2,000 we raise June 8-9.

In addition, as part of NH Gives, the NH Charitable Foundation is offering $300,000 in site-wide matches; other sponsors and donors are offering thousands of dollars, too, in random prizes that all participating nonprofits are eligible to win.

The site-wide matches are available at specific times. You’ll find that schedule here. From the beginning of each time frame until the funds are exhausted, each online donation will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $250. Increased donations are expected during match opportunities, and it is likely that funds allotted to that start time will be exhausted quickly.  All donations are made online through our profile here.

Site-wide matches and prizes are not guaranteed, but designed to build excitement and provide targeted times for our donors to try to get matching funds for the Y.

If you are reading this there is a good chance that you deserve profound gratitude for your support of our Y, for helping us to be transformative in so many of the important ways described above.

Each day brings new challenges to our communities and our citizens, including families, children and older adults. For more than 130 years, our Y has been able to serve this region because of its staff, its donors, its volunteers, its partners … its hundreds of heroes.

Stay a part of our journey, or join it, by making a gift to the Y as part of NH Gives on June 8-9. Feel good by doing good. Together we can deepen our impact and make even more possible.

Thank you.

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