Support Local Businesses & Nonprofits

  1. Visit the online auction
  2. Sign-in to bid on an item
  3. Place your bid
  4. Get notified if you win
  5. Pay for & pick-up your items
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Campaign Overview

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.

Virtual Auction

Beginning Feb. 8 at 8:00 a.m., each of the 10 businesses that received grants will offer, via the Gifting Grinnell virtual auction, items such as merchandise, gift cards, or experiences that members of the community can bid on. Auction items will be categorized by businesses, and new items will be added each week so it is important that potential bidders check back weekly to see what is new. Winning bidders will be notified on Friday of each week and items will be available for pick-up from the businesses on the following Tuesday.

The virtual auction is also expected to raise awareness of the continuous work of community nonprofit programs, as auction bidders will also become donors to nonprofits assisting in pandemic efforts. Ten percent of each week’s proceeds will be awarded to the Nonprofit Emergency Relief Fund (NERF), established in March 2020 by community partner organizations. The remaining 90 percent of proceeds will be divided among nonprofit programs assigned to each Gifting Grinnell auction week. The list of nonprofits will be posted each week.

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.”