More than 750 nonprofits nationwide compete for $2 million in grants

More than 750 nonprofits across the country, including The Nest Bowling Green, have launched crowdfunding efforts to secure a share of $2 million in grants awarded this year through Program A Community Thrives of the Gannett Foundation.

Each nonprofit that has applied and qualified for the ACT program begins the next phase of the process on Monday July 18 and has until August 12 to fundraise through the Mightycause online platform. Minimum donation goals range from $3,000 to $6,000, depending on the group’s operating budget, in order to qualify for ACT grants.

A Community Thrives is a grantmaking and crowdfunding program of the USA TODAY NETWORK, which includes USA TODAY and Gannett’s hundreds of local media brands, including The News-Messenger and the News Herald.

$17 million in grants awarded since 2017

With the help of A Community Thrives, which started in 2017, nonprofits have been able to elevate their ideas and help their local communities improve.

“A Community Thrives has been a great way for Gannett to leverage its platforms to gain attention and fundraise for participating nonprofits,” said Sue Madden, director of the Gannett Foundation. “Over the past five years, the program has contributed more than $17 million to community building projects and local operating expenses of service organizations across the country.

All nonprofits participating in ACT’s fundraising campaign can keep all the money they raise, but the best projects will also receive additional grants to support their plans for implementing ideas that change the community.

Top fundraisers will receive a total of $200,000 in grants, and in addition, eligible organizations will be eligible for National Project and Local Operating Grants.

The top three fundraisers with at least 10 unique donors across the two different tiers – based on annual budgets above and below $500,000 – will receive local community incentive grants between $10,000 and $25,000.

Up to $100,000 will be awarded to top nonprofit organizations.

Additionally, 16 participating nonprofits will receive national grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000.

The Nest supports early childhood education

The Nest Bowling Green is the only nonprofit in Northwest Ohio participating in the ACT 2022 fundraising campaign.

According to its website, The Nest serves families with qualified incomes by providing free preschool education to children 6 months to 5 years old whose parents are finishing school.

“While aligning parents’ educational achievements with their children’s educational readiness, the Nest achieves a goal for families to have the potential for lifelong success,” the Nest states on his website, thenestbg.com.

According to ACT’s Mightycause website, The Nest BG raised $80,709 from 1,204 donors, reaching 95% of its fundraising goal of $85,000 on Friday afternoon.

More information about A Community Thrives is available online at gannettfoundation.org/act.