WHY AN ANNUAL FUND NOW?
The Junior League of Gainesville long relied on the Thrift Shop as our primary source of income to fund all of our projects. And thus, when the retail market fluctuates, so does our income. With the closure of the Thrift Shop, the creation of an Annual Fund is designed to help bolster the financial stability of the League.
The Annual Fund, much like the League, relies on the power of many to increase the positive impact on the community both today and in the future. By creating an Annual Fund, we will be able to provide greater sustainability in our budget from year to year and ensure that JLG will serve children and families for many years to come. By asking all of our members to give, we will be able to create a significant amount of cushion each year in our budget.
For example, we have approximately 169 active members. If each active member gave $50 to the Annual Fund, we could raise an additional $8,450 to benefit our League and our community. With approximately 280 sustainers giving a gift of $100, we could raise an additional $28,000. Together, that is an additional $37,950, going to help support our programs, plus greater opportunities to sponsor more community partners, and more education and training for our members. Think about the greater impact we could make in our community!
WHAT DOES THE ANNUAL FUND PAY FOR?
In short, the amazing programs you spend your time working on.
- Miracle on Main Street
- Kids In The Kitchen
- Action Against Hunger
And much, much more!!
BUT WHAT ABOUT MEMBERSHIP DUES AND ARRANGEMENT FEES?
Membership dues cover the administrative costs of operating JLG on a daily basis, as well as the national organization (AJLI) that governs our Junior League. Arrangements fees cover the food and event space for all of our meetings and socials. The annual fund campaign will give us greater financial stability from year to year and allow our League to increase our impact in the community.
DOES THE SIZE OF MY GIFT MATTER?
Our goal is to reach 100% member participation. We realize that our members are at many different points in their lives – it’s what makes our league so great! Please make a gift that is meaningful to you, a gift that makes you feel empowered to make a difference in our community, but is also within your means.
WILL THE DONORS BE RECOGNIZED?
All donors recognized online, on a special donor page. Donors who give to the Founders Club will also be recognized on a plaque in the Junior League office. If you do not want to be recognized by name, please indicate that you wish your gift to remain anonymous during check out.
GREAT! HOW DO I MAKE A GIFT?
Gifts can be made throughout the Junior League Year (July 1 – June 30).
Online Gift: To make a tax-deductible online gift using your credit or debit card, click here to return the online giving page.
Mail Gift: Checks should be made payable to “Junior League of Gainesville,” and “2017 – 2018 Annual Fund” should be written on the memo line. If mailing, please use the address below.
Attn: Annual Fund Committee
Junior League of Gainesville
430-A North Main Street
Gainesville, FL 32601