The SpringShare is an online day of giving hosted by MaineShare for up to 44 statewide nonprofits in Maine dedicated to building an equitable, just community, and protecting our environment.
Join us each May as we celebrate the causes and values we care about in Maine. This day-long annual event will encourage people who love Maine to give to the organizations that work every day for economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, diversity, education, the arts, health, safety, animal welfare, social justice, and peace in this great state!
Why is MaineShare hosting a giving day?
MaineShare is picking up on the pace of many other community share and community foundation organizations throughout the country. One of our sister organizations, Wisconsin Shares, began a giving day in 2010 called www.thebigshare.org and raised over $70,000 for approximately 65 organizations. In 2018, their total revenue topped $430,000 for over 70 organizations throughout the State. This exponential growth, over a short span of time, resulted in community driven, unrestricted revenue for both small and large organizations who desperately needed this support.
Giving Days work! This last summer, our associate director, Ana Maria Hluska gathered with over 30 community share and community foundation leaders in Ithaca, NY, hosted by www.givegab.com and learned about their successes, the terrific resource in the givegab giving platform, and brought back some great strategies and approaches to use in order to step this model up for MaineShare organizations in 2019.
This can work! We’ve already done some of the heavy lifting! In 2018, over 30 Maineshare member organizations joined the inaugural year of The SpringShare and took valuable time to built their own digital profiles. These profiles are still in place for the coming year and will once again become active as part of The SpringShare for further build out in February of 2010.
This year, we are challenging MaineShare Member Organizations to work to organize their own donor reach, secure donor match, as possible, and host their own events during the giving day in May! As this work is being done by member groups, MaineShare is now working to secure prize sponsorship and direct media and cash sponsorship so that we can offer challenge prizes to our member organizations.
Grow Community Based Giving Online to MaineShare’s 44 Member Organizations – Increase total amount donated to these organizations during TSS $50000, including $10k in prizes.
Democratize Community Based Giving/ Engage a new donor segment – Engage 650 new donors to make a contribution to The SpringShare in support of any of the 44 MaineShare member non profit organizations.
Expand MaineShare’s public profile – Generate 1000 + media mentions about The SpringShare and MaineShare
Support Member Group capacity-building – 80 % of participating nonprofits reporting that they built capacity as a result of
The SpringShare participation (trainings, events, etc). End of event survey.
Save the Date!
On May 22nd, 2019, The SpringShare will begin at 12:00 am with a kickoff challenge, and will be followed by an all-day series of MaineShare hosted, member group hosted, and volunteer fundraiser hosted events and challenges throughout the state of Maine! Whether you are interested in participating as a business or individual, there is a place to match your contribution with our goals!
Businesses are invited to issue challenges to member groups representing the environment, economic opportunity, education, social justice, civil rights, health and safety, diversity, and the arts!
Member organizations are welcome to solicit their own matches as they challenge their donors, old and new!
Sponsor | Participate | Support
Download theSpringShare_CorporateToolkit 2019 for more information
Register to participate at www.thespringshare.org . The 2019 registration portal is open!
Beginning January 2019, MaineShare will be seeking two marketing and outreach interns to help lead this giving day.
In March of 2019, The SpringShare Volunteer portal will be open to register for specific volunteer activities as individuals or as teams in support of The SpringShare.
On May 1st, 2019, fundraisers and fundraiser teams will be able to build their own portals in support of the cause or causes they care about and plan and promote May 22nd events to celebrate this giving day with friends, family, and co-workers.