Share Your Story
We Want to Hear About Your Impact!

As 2022 begins, we want to reflect on the good that our organizations have accomplished - especially through Spring2ACTion! We want to hear from some of our returning nonprofits about the successes they have had through the giving day. By sharing your impact story, you are not only spreading the word to other nonprofits, you are also able to spotlight your organization's impact to new potential donors that visit the site!

Each week, we will spotlight one of the impact stories that has been submitted. We are excited to highlight one from a previous year:

Space of Her Own

"The Covid-19 pandemic launched Space of Her Own, Inc. into a new and scary place. We are a mentoring organization for vulnerable girls in grades 5-8, and suddenly had to put a stop to all in-person programming. Our staff started working from home and developed virtual group meetings and classes, but we quickly learned from our girls that many of them and their families were suffering mightily due to job losses and health issues. We decided to redirect a great deal of the year’s funding toward emergency support for our girls’ families just as Spring2ACTion was getting underway, and we weren’t sure how donors would respond to this shift. The support showed during the campaign was nothing short of overwhelming! Thanks to Spring2ACTion and the generosity of donors, we were able to deliver family meals, Target gift cards and essential household items along with art and science project supplies for our virtual afterschool programming.

Through this challenging time, we have managed to develop an effective approach to virtual programming, strengthen our organization and community partnerships, and continue to offer essential aid to SOHO families. Thank you to Spring2ACTion and SOHO donors for helping us make the most of this year."

Be the first to highlight your organization by submitting an impact story!
Trainings

Don't forget to sign up for Spring2ACTion trainings to learn how to make the most of your Spring2ACTion. Trainings are an opportunity to learn and ask questions about the GiveGab platform, best fundraising practices, and how to spread the word!

ACT, along with the GiveGab team, will be hosting these upcoming sessions:
Spring2ACTion 101
Wednesday, February 9 at 9:30AM

Learn everything you need to know about Spring2ACTion, including the nuts and bolts of navigating your dashboard, resources available for your campaign, goal setting (pre and post S2A), and how to highlight and maximize your organization’s fundraising page. We’ll have plenty of time to answer your giving day questions and to hear from and share tips with your nonprofit peers.  
Spring2ACTion 201
Wednesday, March 2 at 9:30AM

Hear from panelists of different sized organizations that have participated in the event in previous years to offer tips and discuss lessons learned along the way. We'll cover more advanced strategies to help take your giving day efforts to the next level and recommend various methods on engaging the community during a pandemic. We will review some updates for Spring2ACTion 2022 and walk through how to access and read your donation reports. We'll conclude by highlighting some additional resources to help make your organization as successful as possible and answering your questions in a live Q&A.
What's In Your Toolkit: Growing Your Team
Wednesday, March 23 at 9:30AM

Spring2ACTion is Alexandria's largest giving day - do you know what you have in your toolkit? This webinar will equip participants with the tools necessary to have a successful fundraising day using networks that already exist, whether your team is big or small. The "Growing Your Team" training will feature a panel of fellow nonprofit participants that have made the most of all that Spring2ACTion has to offer, including: ambassadors, volunteers, free-agent fundraisers, youth, and business fundraisers. The session will provide more information and tips in using each aspect to bring in new donors and maximize your impact!
Early Registration is open!
February is already here! That means that Spring2ACTion is coming up and registration prices go up at the end of the month. Don't miss out on Alexandria's largest 24-hour community fundraiser! This event is set up so that nonprofits of all shapes and sizes can participate. Early registration is $30 and will be available until February 28. Starting March 1, registration will increase to $50. Don't wait, register today!

If you have participated in Spring2ACTion in the past, be sure to update your administrator details when registering. You may also need to update your financial information to receive donations based on new verification requirements related to the Know Your Customer (KYC) rules. If this applies to your organization, you will see a message on your dashboard. The GiveGab team will also reach out to you with more details. To learn more, click here.
Interested in a Nonprofit Co-Working Space?
ALX Community and Old Town Community Church are considering converting the church’s 15,000 square foot education building on South Washington St. into a dedicated center for nonprofits. The proposed center would offer small offices, co-working, meeting and event space, and tailored programming for nonprofits. Affiliate memberships would be available for service providers in areas such as grant writing, fundraising, accounting, legal, HR, and IT. The organizers are hosting lunch at ALX Community’s Atrium location (277 S. Washington Street, Suite 210) on Wednesday, February 23 from noon-1:30pm to share plans and hear from nonprofits about their needs and ideas. Space is limited.

Email brandi.yee@actforalexandria.org if you’d like to attend or would like to stay informed about this project.
Grant Funding Available!
There will be an information session on February 15 at 9:30AM to discuss how to apply for the Alexandria Community Access and Emergency Support (CAES) Grant Program.

The purpose of this program is to provide grant-funding to nonprofits serving individuals residing within the geographical limits of Alexandria, Virginia. The Alexandria CAES Grant Program will support navigation efforts to ensure individuals are enrolled in key local, state, and federal programs and emergency financial aid that will include grocery gift cards, transportation assistance, childcare, eviction prevention, and rental assistance.

This program is being supported by the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds award number 21.027 awarded by the City of Alexandria, Virginia by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Tax Return Help Available
Since the American Rescue Plan expanded the eligibility requirements for the Earned Income Tax Credit, more workers will benefit from this tax credit that ever before, including younger and older workers without kids who are eligible for the first time. As tax season gets underway, it's critical that we spread the word about this expanded eligibility to as many Alexandrians as possible. Workers need to file their tax return by April 18, 2022 to receive this money.

For resources and information to help clients receive the full Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) benefits, check out our website!
Questions about Spring2ACTion? Contact Brandi Yee at brandi.yee@actforalexandria.org