Applications for Community Appeals scheduling consideration are now open and will be accepted until Aug. 1, 2020. The next available campaign cycles are November 2022 thru March 2023 and April-July 2023. The online application can be found at siouxfallschamber.com under the Programs tab.
Organizations seek to capitalize on the strong reputation of the Chamber to maximize their fundraising activities. Eligible organizations include those with a social (non-profit) or educational emphasis (accredited, post-secondary).
The purpose of the Community Appeals Committee is to qualify and provide orderly scheduling of capital fund drives to the business community. By vetting capital fund drives, the objective of Community Appeals is to affirm the project is a sound community investment and worthy of donor consideration.
Required data to complete the application include identification of the governing board, description of campaign purpose and community benefit, percentage breakdown of anticipated areas of solicitation, historical information, feasibility study summary and audited financials, just to name a few.
If an organization meets the application criteria, its representatives will be given an opportunity to present before the full Community Appeals Committee to further explain the fund drive and financial plan. By year-end, the committee will meet to discuss the merit of each applicant and ultimately vote to consider scheduling up to two campaigns.
Once a campaign is scheduled, the Chamber assists the organization and its capital campaign in several ways including serving as a liaison to keep Chamber members informed, providing a list of Chamber members, helping to organize a kick-off event, publishing a feature story in Chamber News at the beginning and end of the campaign and promoting the campaign in each issue of Chamber News.
If your organization meets the criteria for Community Appeals scheduling consideration, please consider completing the application. For more information, contact Mike Lynch at (605) 373-2008.