A Community Thrives Grant Challenge

Starting today, March 18, Keeler Gardens needs your help to secure our spot to be considered for a grant up to $100K!

Keeler Gardens has qualified to compete in USA Today’s “A Community Thrives” Challenge: at stake is over $100,000 in grant awards! However, we need to raise at least $3,000 in four weeks to be considered for the first place award, with weekly benchmark goals for additional awards.

We are asking all our supporters to consider donating now, even if it is just the $10 minimum donation, you can go right to our CrowdRise page for all the details. The official site is https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/keeler-gardens-nfp-illinois but we’ve made a shortcut http://bit.ly/KGcrUSA that is easier to remember. Only donations made through this site and with a credit card will be counted towards the challenge.

Here is how you can help.

  1. Go to our campaign on CrowdRise by clicking on this link http://bit.ly/KGcrUSA.
  2. Click the Donate Button to donate the minimum $10.
  3. Share the campaign with your network.

From March 18, through April 12 only, any donations made through Keeler Gardens’ CrowdRise campaign will count toward our $3,000 minimum fundraising goal. We have four weeks to meet the minimum by the end of the challenge period, then we are ranked by how many dollars we raised. First, second, and third place will win $25,000, $15,000, and $10,000 respectively.

There are also Weekly Incentives to drive our fundraising efforts. Each week during the challenge we are ranked for dollars raised or the highest number of individual donations made and can win an additional $2,000-$5,000 depending on the week. (See below for more details)

As you can see there is great potential with this challenge and all it will take is a little help from you. If there ever was a time to donate to Keeler Gardens, this is it. Please consider a $10 donation, or donate $10 each week to help us with the weekly challenges. We need as much support as we can get.

We know you value Keeler Gardens and its mission. Please share our campaign with your network as you know many that will benefit from our programs and believe that nature is a critical catalyst in our lives. Ask them to share with as many people as they can think of. The more people we reach and the more funds we raise the greater chance we have to win multiple awards. We would be happy to talk to anyone that wants more information about our mission and vision and you can certainly send them to our website KeelerGardens.com.

As always, we thank you for your continued support.

With infinite gratitude,

Ed & Gina

The details on the campaign challenges are as follows. We are focused on the following two weeks: Week #1 to make a strong start and Week #2 to show the grantors that we have a strong community support base that believes in our mission.

Weekly Challenge #1:

If we raise the most funds from Mon. 3/18/19 @12:00:00 pm ET
through Mon. 3/25/19 @11:59:59 am ET we win $2000

Weekly Challenge #2:

If we have the highest number of eligible donations from Mon. 3/25/19 @12:00:00 pm ET through Mon.  4/1/19 @11:59:59 am ET we win $3,000

Bonus Challenge #3:

If we raise the most funds from Mon. 4/1/19 @12:00:00 pm ET
through Mon. 4/8/19 @11:59:59 am ET we win $5000

Bonus Challenge #4: 

If we have the highest number of eligible donations from Mon. 3/25/14/8/19 @12:00:00 pm ET through Fri. 4/12/19 @11:59:59 am ET we win $3,000

Building Community Through Nature -Keeler Gardens, NFP – Illinois on CrowdRise

Thank You!

Two community members are bending down to inspect pepper and tomato plants in Keeler Gardens. There are a few red tomatoes and peppers visible, and the background is full of lush plants and flowers, along with two white plastic chairs.

Happy Thanksgiving

Thank you! Keeler Gardens has been offering programs to connect with nature for about a year now and we felt it was time to give you an update along with our heartfelt thanks.

Year One at Keeler Gardens

We have had a very active year speaking at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and Lincoln Park Zoo. We have had programs in schools, camps, and with cultural groups. We’ve opened Keeler Gardens to the community for both private and public events and supported nearby churches, the local garden club, and our community members.

Awesome time with @core4skills. Kids worked in the #dirt and potted #seedlings for the #community.

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We’ve partnered with other groups to expand our offerings, we are a demonstration site for the Bionutrient Food Association focusing on rebuilding our soil for nutrient dense produce; we will host bee hives for Sloanstead Honey building our natural habitat, and we are one of the first organizations to provide opportunities through the youth-oriented Yolobe app piloted at Schurz High School. We are also developing our internship program at several different levels.

We had a great time with the #schurzhighschool #botany class, teaching photography Monday. Blog post soon! #biophilia

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With every program and event we have given participants a chance to improve their focus and knowledge base, relieve stress, better the environment, and build a network. We hope that you will join our email list, we send out invitations to events and periodic updates, and we will be sending out a reminder about #GivingTuesday for those of you that can support our capital campaign.

Keeler Gardens’ Capital Campaign

With the multiple matching opportunities this year, every contribution can make a difference. Here’s how…

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Everyday Amazon Smile

              Keeler Gardens has partnered with Amazon Smile. Support us when you shop on Black Friday. Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/81-3168766 and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to Keeler Gardens whenever you shop on Amazon Smile. That’s right, after you sign up, throughout the year whenever you shop at Amazon just go through Amazon Smile and Keeler Gardens will get the donation.

#GivingTuesday Facebook Donation Match

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving, this year Tuesday, November 28, 2017, is considered Giving Tuesday or #GivingTuesday on social media. This year Keeler Gardens will be focusing our donation efforts for #GivingTuesday on Facebook. The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation have teamed up to offer a $2,000,000 donation match through any donations raised on Facebook. In addition all credit card fees will be waived by Facebook for the day. And we also have an exciting announcement. Several events have coincided for an incredible start to our Capitol Campaign. A very generous donor has offered to sponsor a matching challenge for individual donations of $1000 up to a total of $5000. So if you or someone you know donates $1000 through the Facebook Donate button on #GivingTuesday, your  donation could turn into $3000! Please remember that the matching grant through Facebook will only last until the two million dollars runs out. With so many worth while charities taking part please consider donating early at 7:00 a.m. central time when the program begins.

Holiday Celebration and Capital Campaign Kick Off

Please join us on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Keeler Gardens for our Holiday Celebration. All details can be found on our Facebook Event Page here. This is a non-ticked event and all are welcome. We are so fortunate to have a space we can share with local and extended communities and we hope you will join us in our efforts to continue to offer everyone a chance to improve their mental, physical, and emotional health through a strong connection with nature. With our sincere thanks we also offer our programs to you. Please take advantage of what Keeler Gardens brings to the community, stop by, spend a little time with us.

Giving Tuesday-#ILGive 2016

Checklist for the first holiday weekend ending with Giving Tuesday

We are pleased to announce that Keeler Gardens will be participating in Giving Tuesday this year. As a new nonprofit we need all the support we can muster to be able to provide the community with resources. You can donate right now at www.ilgive.com/organizations/keeler-gardens or see our sponsorship information on our Support page. Every donation will make a difference in helping us spread the word and benefits of biophilia.

Checklist for the first holiday weekend ending with Giving Tuesday
Please support Keeler Gardens

In addition to monetary donations, we would like to use this opportunity to invite you to support our community in other ways. Time is a huge resource, we can certainly use volunteers. We are in need of an accountant, grant writer, and participants for our programs, we would be so pleased to have you participate.

How can we help you incorporate nature into your space?

Let us know and we can develop a free program around your need. Whether it is for you, as an individual, your family, or a group (garden club, class, or friends) we want to share with the community.

Don’t want to wait till Tuesday? You can follow us right now!

Finally, please share this post with all of your friends and family that are interested in incorporating nature into their space.

We look forward to spending Giving Tuesday with you!