FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 1, 2017
(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – SHARE Charlotte’s 3rd annual SummerSHARE campaign, presented by Bank of America, ran for two weeks in July, encouraging Charlotteans to buy the items needed by local nonprofits to keep their offices and summer programs going. Charlotte rallied together and bought 5,300 items for the 116 participating nonprofits.
SummerSHARE strategically happens during a time of year when need is high, but less apparent than winter months. Of SHARE’s partner nonprofits polled, more than 90 percent said that July is the hardest month to secure donations and investment from donors.
"These 5,300 items are an important reminder that Charlotte cares about our local nonprofits," SHARE Charlotte Executive Director Kelly Brooks said. “And that we can rally together when we need to. We couldn’t be happier with the turnout for SummerSHARE."
GOOD news from the campaign:
- Thompson received more than 600 items to fill welcome kits and backpacks for children in psychiatric residential care.
- Men’s Shelter of Charlotte received 300 towels to provide its visitors in need of a hot shower.
- Classroom Central received enough supplies for 10 classrooms of students.
- More than 120 art supplies were given to Arts For Life to provide children in hospitals.
- 40 leotards, 60 pairs of tights and 74 pairs of ballet flats were purchased to support the entire first-year group of the Charlotte Ballet’s REACH program
- 10 #summershareCLT crowdfunders raised a total of $7,900 toward the purchase of needed items
- SummerSHARE nonprofits gained 300 new donors
“SummerSHARE is an excellent example of what we can do when we collaborate and work together to address needs in our community,” said Andrea Smith, Chief Administrative Officer for Bank of America.
This year SHARE inspired neighbors to donate 5,300 items, a 23.8 percent increase over last year’s sales. Though the spotlight shines on the online store during the campaign, SHARE Charlotte’s Give Shop is open 365 days a year, and the organization encourages people visit it often at sharecharlotte.org/search/give-shop.
SHARE Charlotte has already started planning its fall #GivingTuesdayCLT campaign, which raised $7.2 million in 2016, becoming the largest community campaign under the global #GivingTuesday umbrella. For more information on the campaign and how to engage, contact SHARE’s campaign manager, Amy Jacobs.
SHARE Charlotte makes it fun and easy to invest in our local community by offering simple ways for neighbors, more than 400 nonprofits and businesses to come together through good. Through sharecharlotte.org and its signature campaigns, #GivingTuesdayCLT and SummerSHARE, SHARE Charlotte raises awareness about local nonprofits and increases the level of community engagement. SHARE Charlotte believes that by doing good, we create a stronger, happier Charlotte.
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