This year at Truliant we added a new twist on our Community Mini Grants program. We’ve given away about $160,000 to 150 non-profits in the program’s six-year history.
This year, we’re crowdsourcing voting through our Facebook page to allow anyone to vote for the 20 community-based nonprofit organizations that will receive $1,000 in grant funding to support operating, programmatic or capacity-building needs.
What makes our approach different this year is the crowd sourcing – picking our winners via social media. Open voting via Facebook has started and will end on November 21. We selected 45 proposals from a total of 103 nonprofit grant proposals which have been placed on the Facebook voting app with a description of their project. These projects have a scope covering financial literacy, emergency assistance, self-sufficiency and youth financial programs.
There are programs that teach students economic empowerment, others will help teach low to moderate income citizens how to prepare tax returns. Still other programs aim to support financial literacy classes to survivors of domestic violence, or offer funding to the life-changing interactions therapy animals provide.
Our goal is to help credit union member-owner communities. We believe these Mini Grants are a way to thoughtfully engage membership in three states, stretching from Richmond and southwest Virginia, to the Triad, Charlotte and to Greenville, S.C. Thus far the voting has been excellent.
We also hope to impact applicants’ visibility. They’ve been tweeting and we’ve been retweeting and hopefully, we’re harnessing support for the best proposals.
Voting takes places through this link via our Facebook page. We hope you’ll take part and vote.