A newly launched initiative is looking to support local nonprofits during a time when finances are strained as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The City of Bellevue, in partnership with the Bellevue Public Schools Foundation, Bellevue Community Foundation and the Greater Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, is preparing to host the first-ever giving campaign being coined Believe in Bellevue.
The virtual fundraiser, a 12-hour event being held on Aug. 4, is structured similarly to Omaha Gives! and was created to promote the quality work of local, small nonprofits and generate funding support to continue their efforts.
Community members wishing to contribute – starting at a $10 minimum – are encouraged on the day of giving to visit www.believeinbellevue.org.
Chamber President Kevin Hensel said that about 50 to 60 local nonprofits were asked to participate. After being provided a list of approximately 250 Bellevue nonprofits from the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands, Hensel and other Believe in Bellevue collaborators determined the organizations that would most benefit from the effort.
“We identified who we believed and were aware of – nonprofits located in the local community – who have a broad community impact,” Hensel said. “Because what we didn’t want, necessarily, were nonprofits that have an incredibly narrow focus.”
Hensel added, though, that any nonprofit is eligible to register to participate in the fundraiser by submitting an application, explaining its mission and highlighting its community outreach.
Bellevue Mayor Rusty Hike praised the teamwork involved with making Believe in Bellevue a reality.
“The City of Bellevue is pleased to help support this cause and I thank the three entities that have worked so hard to put this opportunity together,” Hike said through a provided statement. “It has become very apparent over the last couple of years, with the floods and the coronavirus pandemic, that there are so many great nonprofit organizations filling important needs in the Bellevue community. I feel this day of giving is a great way for the Bellevue community to take a moment to support these efforts and help Bellevue continue to grow and prosper.”
Believe in Bellevue is still accepting nonprofit partners as well as corporate sponsors to help with incentive funding. Nonprofits and corporate sponsors can register at believeinbellevue.org.
Hike said its vital to continue supporting local nonprofits that have such an impactful role in so many people’s lives.
“Bellevue nonprofit organizations have been there when we needed them and now it is time for us to give back in their time of need,” Hike said. “I encourage you to mark Aug. 4 on your calendar and plan on joining this effort to support your favorite nonprofit organizations during the Believe in Bellevue campaign. Support of the Bellevue community is essential to ensure the success of this inaugural event benefiting local nonprofits.”
There is no set-in-stone dollar goal for the first-ever Believe in Bellevue campaign, the goal is simply for it to run well and for nonprofits to receive much-needed support, Hensel said. But, he said the idea is for the campaign to become an annual staple.
“We will continue a Believe in Bellevue-inspired day of giving every year,” Hensel said. “Obviously over time the momentum will build, and hopefully we won’t be in a situation where we are as motivated by something like COVID.”
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