GWIL2014 campaign kicks off for local nonprofits Reply

GWIL2014 Campaign logo

GWIL2014 Campaign logo

The Dripping Springs Community Foundation kicked off its 2nd annual Givin’ Where I’m Livin’ (GWIL) campaign at The Terrace Club in Dripping Springs on Thursday evening. Despite winter storm warnings, enthusiastic representatives turned out from 8 of the 14 local non-profits registered for the campaign. Their efforts were rewarded with a food and refreshments spread, followed by an overview presentation of the campaign by several members of the DSCF board. Attendees also received a GWIL2014 “Tool Kit” bag that contained a 2014 Dripping Springs Non-Profit Organizations & Clubs Directory, a GWIL2014 logo window cling, and a computer thumb drive preloaded with documents and images created for them to use to promote the campaign to their donors.

“We enjoyed getting to network with the other non profits that braved the cold,” said Friends Foundation board member, Kathy Carriker. “The presentation was excellent, and the GWIL 2014 Tool Kit materials are well-organized and provide valuable aids in getting our message out.”

DSCF board president Susan Santamaria explains GWIL2014 at the campaign kickoff event.

Representatives from the participating organizations were not the only ones enthusiastic about the campaign and the kickoff event. “The DSCF board is really excited about the 2014 GWIL campaign,” board president, Susan Santamaria said. “The Terrace Club is a beautiful venue, we had a great turnout despite the storm, and there was a lot of enthusiasm in the room.”

Ten DSCF board members were in attendance, including two founding members, Bob and Susan Richardson. GWIL2014 participating organizations represented at the campaign kickoff event were Friendships for Life, Helping Hands, Burke Center for Youth, RED Arena, United Way of Hays County, American Cancer Society (Relay for Life), Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary, and The Friends Foundation. Local organizations registered for the campaign but unable to attend included Service Dogs, Friends of the Dripping Springs Library, Young Life Dripping Springs, Dripping Springs Youth Activity Fund, and Friends of the Pound House Foundation.

The non-profit Dripping Springs Community Foundation launched the Givin' Where I'm Livin' campaign in 2013.

The non-profit Dripping Springs Community Foundation launched the Givin’ Where I’m Livin’ campaign in 2013.

Santamaria said the GWIL campaign is modeled after the Austin Community Foundation’s “I Live Here I Give Here” annual day of online giving. Charitable organizations register for the campaign and ask their supporters to donate to the campaign in their organization’s name on the designated day. Organizations that raise the most money through the online giving campaign win matching funds raised by the foundation. The Dripping Springs GWIL campaign operates similarly but culminates in one week of online giving in April, capped off by Founders Day weekend, where cash donations can also be accepted at the DSCF booth.

“We’ve set up a campaign page on our DSCF website ( where folks can donate via a PayPal link to their favorite registered charity, from 12:01am, Sunday, April 20th, through 7pm, Friday, April 25th,” Santamaria said. “Donors MUST indicate the name of the organization to which they are donating in the PayPal memo window. Campaign matching funds awards will be announced by the close of the Founders Day festival, on Sunday, April 27th.”

RED Arena won the highest amount of GWIL2013 Matching Funds.

RED Arena was awarded the highest amount of GWIL Matching Funds in 2013.

The 2013 campaign match winners were RED Arena, Friends of the Pound House, Helping Hands, The Friends Foundation, and Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary. Donations last year to other non-profit organizations included the Burke Center for Youth, Dripping Springs Community Library, EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, Girl Scout Scholarship Fund, Hays County Master Naturalist Chapter, and New Life Lutheran Church. A total of $6,500 was distributed. Santamaria said DSCF has $9,000 committed in matching funds so far to this year’s campaign. In addition to DSCF, sponsors for the 2014 campaign currently include: Pioneer Bank, Susan and Richard Santamaria/Edward Jones, Donna and Dave Inman, Figer & Company Certified Public Accountants, New Canaan Farms, Bill Bailey’s Signs, and The Terrace Club.
Several of the organizations that participated in 2013, have already registered to partner with the 2014 campaign, a good indicator that last year’s experience was worth repeating. Representatives for this year’s registered groups shared their organization’s mission at the kickoff event, along with examples and stories about the successes of their outreaches to the local community. “It was very inspiring to hear all the great things our local nonprofits are doing in the Drippings Springs community,” said DSCF board publicity chair, Dee Mayer.
GWIL2014 partner organizations enjoyed refreshments and a presentation at The Terrace Club kickoff event.

GWIL2014 partner organizations enjoyed refreshments and a presentation at The Terrace Club kickoff event.

Mayer said the 2014 campaign’s partner non-profit organizations will not only benefit from the opportunity to win matching funds, but also from the increased visibility for their organization through campaign publicity. An online profile story will be written, posted, and tweeted about each partner organization throughout the campaign. News stories about events scheduled during the campaign will also have local media coverage. Those events include a Brown Bag FAQ lunch in February, and a Lunch ‘N Learn Workshop event in March, sponsored by the Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce. Chamber Executive Director Sherrie Parks said the Chamber wanted to get involved because of the sense of local non-profit community being created through the GWIL campaign. “The Chamber has been looking for ways to help to create a sense of community to serve our non-profit organization members, so we’re excited about GWIL2014,” Parks said.

Friends Foundation board members Kathy Clark and Kathy Carriker (Center, L-R) enjoyed networking with other local non-profit leaders, like Diane Davidson (Left) and Vicki Kurhajec (Right)  for the American Cancer Society 2014 Relay for Life.

L-R: Diane Davidson-Relay for Life; Kathy Clark, Kathy Carriker-Friends Foundation; Vicki Kurhajec-American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Kathy Carriker said that she and Kathy Clark – a fellow Friends Foundation board member who also attended the event – both came away with that sense of community for local non-profits, as well as an anticipation of increased visibility for all of the participating groups’ missions and messages across the greater community:

“The DSCF’s commitment, makes it possible for our area nonprofits to have a showcase for what they do in our community and to boost our giving amounts through the generous matching funds ”

Registration for local, charitable non-profit organizations to partner for the opportunity to win GWIL2014 matching funds is open through Friday, January 31st. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. To participate as a sponsor or partner, or for media inquiries, send an email to


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APRIL 20-25, 2014




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