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Giving and Happiness

Can money buy us happiness? I think most of us would say no. But what about gifts to others? At the Community Foundation, we believe that giving not only strengthens and improves our community but giving to others makes us happy. We see it everyday as we work with donors to make their philanthropic goals a reality. Michael Norton, Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School has researched this phenomenon and agrees. According to Dr Norton, spending on others makes us think differently about our money and ultimately makes us happier. Check out his recent story on the TED Radio Hour on NPR:


So if giving makes us happy, can we take that a step farther and say that local giving has a two-fold benefit for our community: 1) it provides much needed funding for services and other community improvements and 2) community members are happier in general. I don’t know about you but I think a happier community is a better community.

Not sure where to give or how to give? The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham can help. We offer many ways to give back to your community no matter the dollar level. Check out our current Community Needs Listing where we have compiled a list of needs from our local nonprofit organizations. Please give us a call at 432-3863 if you would like more information on fulfilling a need in our community.

IMPACT Harrisonburg, a giving circle for professionals in the 20s, 30s, and 40s, provides a great way to give to others. Each member of the giving circle gives an amount based on age and collectively the group decides which local nonprofits will benefit. Not only do members benefit by giving their money to others but they are part of a collaborative effort that is making a difference in our community. Last year the group gave almost $15,000 to local nonprofit On The Road Collaborative to provide after school education and support for at-risk middle school children. Voting for a grant recipient for 2016 will start at the end of May. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this exciting new group in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Here’s a link to more information on IMPACT.

Contact me at the Community Foundation with questions or if you would like additional information.

Melissa
melissa@tcfhr.org
432-3863

Mid-Year Update on IMPACT Harrisonburg

IMPACT Harrisonburg continues to see growing involvement and interest from the Harrisonburg and Rockingham community.

In December 2015, the group held a well-attended event with TCF donors as speakers. The event was titled “Inside The Philanthropist Mind”. The intent of the evening was to hear from some of our community’s philanthropists to learn why they give and to hear what their 20s, 30s, and 40s, were like.

We thought you might be interested in hearing the “impact” made on 2015 recipient On The Road Collaborative.

The impact of IMPACT Harrisonburg’s first grant award continues to reverberate throughout the hallways of Skyline Middle School during On the Road Collaborative’s inaugural program year. You will find 90 middle school youth actively engaged in their 10-week hands-on Career Enrichment Projects, learning a wide range of careers from their volunteer professionals (known as Community Teachers), in everything from coding to broadcasting to arts. 

After a tremendously successful Learning Showcase season in December, which included a Mock Trial in the downtown Harrisonburg Circuit Courthouse, original photography exhibit at Spitzer Art Center, Iron Chef cooking challenge, and a variety of youth ‘teach-back’ presentations at our main event at Skyline Middle School, we are already underway with the new semester and a new line-up of Career Enrichment Projects, including architecture, fashion, theatre, personal finance, leadership and fitness, just to name a few. 

Not only has IMPACT enabled us to successfully launch our middle school program this year and make a tremendous difference in the lives of local youth, but you have helped lay the foundation for us to expand our services next year to more kids and more days at Skyline Middle!

~Brent Holsinger

IMPACT has great momentum and wants to grow the support of people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s to make an “impact” on Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

Here’s the web link to signup.

https://squareup.com/market/impact-harrisonburg-

 

Here’s the address where you can send a check.

The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County

for IMPACT

P.O. Box 1068

Harrisonburg, VA 22803

Community Foundation office closing early on Dec. 31

The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County will be closing its office early on Thursday, December 31, 2015. Our office hours for the remainder of 2015 are as follows:

Tuesday, December 29                 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Wednesday, December 30           9:00AM – 5:00PM

Thursday, December 31               9:00AM – Noon

Friday, January 1                          Closed

 

We appreciate your investment in our community and are most grateful for your support of our work during the past year. We look forward to working with you in 2016 as we ‘Dream. Share. Build. OUR COMMUNITY.’

2015 IMPACT Harrisonburg grant to ‘On the Road Collaborative’

2015 IMPACT picnic food

IMPACT Harrisonburg Executive Committee members Mike Frazier and Billy Robinson serve BBQ to On the Road Collaborative’s Executive Director, Brent Holsinger.

IMPACT Harrisonburg, the first giving circle of The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County, recently presented their first grant check to On the Road Collaborative at a picnic held at Purcell Park. On the Road Collaborative is a 501(c)3 for-purpose organization whose mission is “to empower young people on the margins with the opportunity, skills and confidence they need to excel in school and fulfill their promise.” The organization currently works with middle school children at Skyline Middle School in Harrisonburg. The celebratory family-style picnic held on September 13 was hosted by IMPACT Harrisonburg members and attended by Brent Holsinger, On the Road Collaborative’s Executive Director, as well as members of the organization’s board of directors and staff members of The Community Foundation.

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Melissa Mayhew, IMPACT Harrisonburg member and staff member of The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County, talks with a board member of On the Road Collaborative.

IMPACT Harrisonburg is a giving circle for young leaders in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County community. IMPACT was established in 2014 for individuals in their twenties, thirties and forties to engage in meaningful philanthropy and learn about local nonprofits, while affordably leveraging their charitable dollars. The organization offers an opportunity to meet new people socially and professionally, as well as a chance to make a bigger impact collectively than individuals can alone.

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Luke Hartman, board member of On the Road Collaborative

Events are held by IMPACT Harrisonburg throughout the year and offer social and educational opportunities for members, as well as for other individuals in the community. Collective dues are granted out annually to an organization chosen by a membership vote. Each member has one vote in the grantmaking process. IMPACT Harrisonburg utilizes the Community Needs list of funding requests when considering its annual grant recipient. The 2015 grant of almost $15,000 to On the Road Collaborative marks the first grant in IMPACT’s history.

The enrollment period for IMPACT Harrisonburg 2016 membership is now open. Contact Melissa at The Community Foundation with questions regarding membership and how you can become involved.