Some lucky folks are going to win some pretty great prizes this weekend, according to organizers of Give!Local, Mountain Xpress‘ end-of-year grassroots philanthropy project.
Here’s the deal: Donate $10 or more during Give Weekend — between Friday, Nov. 20 and Sunday, Nov. 22 — via the givelocalguide.org website, and you’ll not only get Give!Local’s fantastic coupon book (with special offers from dozens of local businesses), you’ll also be entered in a drawing for one of these great prizes:
- a free pass to next spring’s Organic Growers School
- an equine-assisted learning experience
- $100 gift certificate to Patton Avenue Pets
- $65 gift certificate to Asheville Family Fitness
- a pair of “Wild Walk” passes to the WNC Nature Center
If you want to enter without making a donation, you can do so by mailing in the print donation form, available in the Give!Local print guide. Just write in “No donation,” fill in your basic contact information and mail it to us (making sure the postmark is during Give Weekend).
Give!Local is a Mountain Xpress project to promote and facilitate end-of-year giving to local charities. The campaign provides a fun, fast and easy way to give online from $10 to the $1,000’s. Donors can give to as many of the 30 participating nonprofits as they like and pay with one easy credit card transaction. Everybody wins — donors get free stuff (coupons, tickets, vouchers and other perks), nonprofits get new supporters and needed funds and local businesses get new folks coming through their doors in February and March.
Plus, one of the goals of the campaign is to help encourage a whole new generation of givers — children. Children 12 or under who give at least $5 (with their parents’ permission, of course), can get a kiddie scoop from The Hop and be entered to win one of these special kid-oriented prizes:
- Six-month Book-of-the-Month membership from Spellbound Children’s Books
- Kids bike from Motion Makers
- Horse riding lesson from Equinox Horse Foundation
If you own or operate a business, it’s not too late to participate in Give!Local. Businesses can still offer goods and/or services as a perk to donors or help one of Give!Local’s nonprofits raise funds by providing a matching grant or employee match program, or by hosting a Give!Local party. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved. If you operate a nonprofit that would like to be considered for next year’s Give!Local, drop us a line at email@example.com and we will send you a reminder to apply next spring.
But mostly, if you want a quick way to help your favorite nonprofits and get a coupon book full of vouchers to local businesses and possibly win one of six great prizes, log on to Give!Local this weekend — on your computer or your smartphone — and make a donation.