Affiliate of the Year: Community Service Initiative

Posted By: Jim Wiard (deleted) Industry Trends, WMFHA Updates,

WMFHA is deeply committed to using the strength and passion of our membership to make a positive impact in our communities. In 2020 our community service program, WMFHA Gives Back, faced a great challenge.

During the onset of the COVID-19 proliferation, we acted quickly to bolster our food bank partner, Northwest Harvest. Donating non-perishable food was no longer allowed under the circumstances. We turned to our members for funding instead.

Initially, we set our goal to raise $5,000. When it came down to it, our members donated $15,930 in total.

We surpassed our goal by over 200%!

In the fall we normally support Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN) and Childhaven through fundraising events. WMFHA pledged to match up to $25,000 for each organization. Instead of raffles, auctions, and activities for one day, we leaned on social media, marketing, and event revenue sharing proceeds in a three-month campaign.

Ultimately, we raised $63,478 and $51,978, respectively, for these charities. This was 12% and 10% more than last year’s donations!

Needless to say, our non-profit partners were floored.

"Wow, I am speechless at the amount raised, you all BLEW it out of the water! It’s incredible you were able to raise more virtually than in person. What a phenomenal group you all have." - DAWN

"2020 has been a crazy year for all of us, and both our organizations have had to shift immensely, so to still be able to not only reach our goal but surpass it is truly extraordinary!" – Childhaven