Go Big Give with the Purple and Gold Fund
It is almost time for Grand Island’s Day of Giving, Go Big GIVE! Again this year we have the GIPS Foundation in the Go Big Give platform. There are so many great ways to give back to students!
It has been a lot of fun to see the alumni Purple and Gold Fund make its mark on this day too. We are going to run our Decade Challenge contest again. We will count your gift to the GIPS Foundation towards the Decade challenge. Last year it was a toss-up with both the 1940’s and the 1970’s sharing in the “Street Cred” by giving the largest amounts.
In 2020, seven decades were represented. That is very impressive. In all, alumni gave nearly $11,000 that day. $1,625 was unrestricted and therefore designated to the Purple & Gold Fund which makes grants to Grand Island Senior High specifically.
Wendy Louder and Jessica Whitmire, Grand Island Senior High, $800, “Raised Garden Beds for Agribusiness Pathway.”
The raised garden beds will be used to transplant the plants we start in the classroom. As the plants start to produce, we will examine the growing process. Once the produce is ready, we will have a little farmers market to sell the produce, this will allow the students to go through the selling process and how to keep accurate records. This grant will benefit 100 students in grades 9-12.
Shelby Wallick, Wyandotte Learning Center, $1,010, “Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training - Counseling and Mental Health Pathway.”
This project will allow me to obtain certification as a Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Instructor. QPR is a training program that allows participants to learn the warning signs of a suicidal individual as well as giving them the skills needed to respond to that situation. As a certified Gatekeeper Instructor, I would then train and certify the students in the Counseling and Mental Health Pathway at Grand Island Senior High School and potentially students in other pathways in the Academy of Education, Law, and Public Safety in the future. This grant will benefit 200 students in grades 9-12.
In a year when things have been so extraordinary, we are asking our Alumni to band together and GIVE EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITIES to our Students!
LET’S SHOW GRAND ISLAND THE PURPLE AND GOLD PRIDE by participating in Go Big GIVE on May 6, 2021.
Just to make sure that other decades get a crack at this “Street Cred” thing, we will offer the decade challenge again. We will record how many gifts and how much was raised for the Purple and Gold Fund by decade. So, if you are a member of the class of 1956 for example, your gift will be attributed to the 1950s decade.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
If my decade has the most gifts or gives the highest amount, what do we get? The answer is street cred. We will highlight the decade winners in the May newsletter and give your decade the coverage it deserves.
How will you know who belongs to which decade? When you give to the GIPS Foundation through Go Big Give, we get a list of donors. We will match this list with our database and credit the proper decade. Please be sure to list your name as you give to Go Big Give. If you give anonymously, we don’t get your identifying information, and therefore would not be able to credit the gift to your decade.
Can I send a check instead? Yes, but to be credited to this challenge, your check needs to be made out to Go Big Give and sent to our office by April 28. Our office address is: GIPS Foundation; PO Box 4904; Grand Island, NE 68802.
The physical address is: 123 South Webb Road.
How do I give? The Go Big Give online portal will open for pre-giving on April 26. The day of giving is May 6. To give, click on the button: