Title...Achieva & Education Foundation Join Forces to Meet Giving Challenge March 5-6
5/30/2013 2:32:57 PM
Sarasota, FL – February 26, 2013 – Achieva Credit Union and the Education Foundation of Sarasota County are taking their long-time collaboration into new territory next week during the second annual 36-Hour Giving Challenge. Local students, teachers and schools will be the beneficiaries of the fundraising partnership, which seeks to raise at least $25,000 for Education Foundation programs during the community-wide campaign on March 5-6.
All four Achieva branches in Sarasota County will host 36-Hour Giving Challenge Donation Stations during business hours on March 5 and 6. Achieva staff will assist customers, school district personnel, and others who wish to make secure online gifts of $25 to $1,000 for one or more of their favorite causes. Achieva branches are located in Sarasota at 3000 Bee Ridge Road, 1852 Hillview Street #101, and 5881 Fruitville Road, and in Venice at 1485 E. Venice Avenue.
“Achieva is really helping us get into the spirit of the challenge, making giving easy and fun,” said Susan Scott, Education Foundation executive director. “Many contributors will be making a gift online for the first time, and they will appreciate having someone they trust at hand to guide them through the simple steps.”
“The Education Foundation is an important part of the Sarasota community,” said Gary Regoli, Achieva CEO. “Years ago, our bank began as a teacher’s credit union and we are delighted to partner with an organization that is committed to giving our local classrooms and educators the support they deserve.
The 36-Hour Giving Challenge starts at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5 and continues without pause until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6. To make a gift, donors will visit the www.GivingPartnerChallenge.org donation page which will go live during that time. Donors select one or more of the participating organization, fill in a simple form, and make a secure online donation with a credit or debit card. Donors may make gifts from any computer with internet access, including those at convenient Achieva branches. Donors may also call the Education Foundation at 941-927-0965 before 7:00 p.m. March 6 to make a pledge that will be counted toward the final tally.
Last year’s challenge raised $2.4 million for 110 area organizations. Over 200 Southwest Florida nonprofits are participating this year, including agencies in human services, animal welfare, conservation, health, the arts, and education. More than $645,000 in matching and incentive grants are available from Giving Challenge sponsors.
Gifts of $25, $50, $100 or more to the Education Foundation will help give Sarasota County’s students what they need to succeed, both in the classroom and in future careers. Proceeds from the Giving Challenge will help pay for essential programs that serve the 41,400 children enrolled in all the district’s public schools, from Newtown to North Port.
More than 50% of these students are eligible for free and reduced-price lunches. Education Foundation programs put books in their hands and computers in their homes. Classroom grants give teachers the tools they need to reach struggling learners, and fund educational experiences and quality materials that shrinking school budgets do not cover. Other Education Foundation initiatives connect dedicated volunteers with young people who need a little extra attention, motivating young people to keep up with their classmates and stay in school.
About Achieva Credit Union. Achieva Credit Union was founded in 1937 in Pinellas County. Today, it is a Superior 5-Star credit union by BauerFinancial and has approximately $980+ million in assets and thirteen branches serving over 99,000 members. Anyone who lives or works in Charlotte, Collier, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties, or whose family member has an Achieva Credit Union account can bank with Achieva.
About the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. Dedicated to quality education for all children, the Education Foundation of Sarasota County was founded in 1988 as an independent, not-for-profit organization working in partnership with Sarasota County Schools and the community. With the support of individuals, families, businesses, civic groups and foundations, the Education Foundation awards more than a million dollars each year to initiatives that elevate our public schools to the top of Florida’s education system: teacher classroom grants, fine arts programs, scholarships and mentorships, Literacy for Life, the Texcellence Home Computer Donation Program and Digital Learning Labs, Teacher of the Year, Academic Olympics and the Regional Science, Engineering and Technology Fair. For more information visit EdFoundation.net or call 941-927-0965.
About the 36-Hour Giving Challenge. The 36-Hour Giving Challenge is an online giving event providing donors and citizen philanthropists the opportunity to learn more about the nonprofits and causes in Southwest Florida they care about. Matching funds and special grants totaling $645,000 are available to promote giving during this short period of time. The Community Foundation of Sarasota County and The Patterson Foundation are presenting partners in the Challenge, with support from sponsors Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation, Charlotte Community Foundation and the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with complete and updated profiles in The Giving Partner are eligible to participate in the 36-Hour Giving Challenge. For more information on The Giving Partner, visit www.thegivingpartner.org. Access the 36-Hour Giving Challenge directly at www.givingpartnerchallenge.org.