Telling the Untold Stories of Time, Talent and Treasure
The Greater Manhattan Community Foundation is a connection between worthy non-profit organizations and philanthropic community members. It serves as a pool of charitable funds for our community. Through the long-term investment of capital contributed by individuals, organizations, and businesses, the GMCF makes grants to charitable organizations and programs to enhance the quality of life of the community. GMCF supports the Manhattan area and serves eight affiliate foundations in nearby communities.
One of the goals in their strategic plan was to initiate new strategies that would result in increased philanthropic giving and grow community endowment. To accomplish that, they wanted to establish focus projects that the Community Foundation could be known for and that would inspire giving.
The GMCF Executive Board of Trustees held an annual meeting to reflect on progress, financials and vote in new Trustees. There, the GMCF staff were able to share inspiring success stories of organizations that were impacting our community: stories about volunteers and philanthropists who helped non-profits make it happen. But GMCF realized these stories weren't really reaching those outside their own organization.
That's when we teamed with GMCF to take their annual meeting and transform it into a platform for the community to hear these untold stories of time, talent and treasure - an event the community would know GMCF for, an event to inspire giving.
Together, we created the Community Foundation Awards: an Oscars-style event where volunteers, non-profit staff, organizations and philanthropists were honored for the incredible work and dedication they gave their community.
Feature videos played across the ballroom telling stories of altruism, hard work and sometimes hard-to-swallow accounts of trauma and adversity. But these stories had a common theme running through them: we were all so lucky to have each other to pick us up when we were down.
Feature videos played across the ballroom telling stories of altruism, hard work and sometimes hard-to-swallow accounts of trauma and adversity.
Our first year we had almost 400 people attend the event. We've grown to over 500 attendees today - one of the largest non-profit events in the area. Every year we share new stories of compassion, bravery and progress, and every year we connect more volunteers and donors to the organizations and causes they care about.