Gifting Grinnell, a virtual auction intended to stimulate business activity and benefit nonprofit programs, is the collaboration of six area organizations that have partnered throughout the past year to ease the pandemic’s local burden.
At the end of 2020, the City of Grinnell, Grinnell Mutual and Grinnell College combined efforts to allocate $75,000 to support businesses identified by Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce. Now, representatives from the city, chamber, college, and Grinnell Mutual are joining the efforts of the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) and the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF) to broaden the December grant stimulus and to invite community involvement throughout the month of February.
Organizers of Gifting Grinnell hope to raise an additional $75,000 through the online auction process, to match the $75,000 in seed money granted by the city, college and Grinnell Mutual in December.
“Everyone has been affected in some way by the public health crisis and in many cases, basic family needs such as food and housing still need to be met,” said Julie Gosselink, President and CEO of CDAF. “GPCF and CDAF want to do our part to join with the city, chamber and local employers to help in any way we can through the auction and other ongoing fundraising efforts.”