The second annual Give STL Day will take place on Tuesday, May 5. The 24-hour online giving event is a whole day dedicated to helping local nonprofits continue to make a difference in the lives of those in their respective communities.
Last year, more than $1.1 million in 13,000 individual gifts for 528 local organizations was raised, according to the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation (who sponsors the event). This year, roughly 790 local nonprofits have registered to take part in the festivities.
Here at the Megan Meier Foundation, we are thrilled to be part of such an incredible event where we have the opportunity to share our mission to Promote Awareness, Education, and Positive Change in Response to the Issues Surrounding Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Suicide, and impact those in the Greater St. Louis area.
Aside from promoting awareness for the Megan Meier Foundation, we are participating in Give STL Day with the hopes of raising some, if not all, of our fundraising goals for a new Resource Center, which we plan to open to the public by Megan Meier Day on October 17, 2015.
The ‘Megan Meier Foundation’s Resource Center’ has been in the works for the past year or so. We decided that we have enough need and demand that an investment in expanding our office will be beneficial on many levels; primarily to fit the need and growth of the individuals who are coming to the Megan Meier Foundation for resources and direction in times of vulnerability and struggle. The Megan Meier Foundation’s Resource Center will consist of multiple rooms including a small staff office, group activity area that will double as a conference room, therapeutic art room, computer lab, and counselors office; all of which you can find descriptions of on our website.
In the long term, the Resource Center is going to allow us to accommodate our growth as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Right now with our 700 square foot office space, 3 full-time employees, 1 part-time employee, and 4+ interns we carry throughout the year, we not only face issues on space for our staff, but also don’t have the space to bring in our team leaders for workshop education training, expand our focus groups, or hold board meetings. By being able to expand out current office space, we will be able to better manage and expand our programming, which will allow us to open other chapters across the country.
As a team, we have estimated that the expenses to finish the Resource Center will cost roughly $13,000. In addition to office materials needed, we have also included the cost of flooring, ceiling, wall coverings/paint, etc. in our set goal price.
To participate, visit our Give STL Day page on May 5 (starting at 12:00 AM CDT) and select the St. Charles County, where you will see a link to the Megan Meier Foundation’s page. You may also visit our official website (www.MeganMeierFoundation.org) to learn more about Give STL Day, our team, and our plans for the future.
The Megan Meier Foundation would like to kindly thank you for taking the time to learn more about our big day coming up. We are hoping that our participation in Give STL Day will open the doors to our new Resource Center in October and in turn, reward our great community for their generosity by making a difference each and every day.
Remember to save the date and mark your calendars for this day of giving!
We want to be clear that every donation makes a difference, no matter how big or small that may be. The Megan Meier Foundation is grateful and genuinely thankful for all of our supporters not only in the Greater St. Louis area, but those affiliated with us around the country as well.