Beyond the Day of Giving – Walden School Story of Impact

Our community was certainly at its best on September 15 as over 21,000 donations poured into Give Local Louisville to 610 local organizations participating in the biggest day of local giving.  At the end of the day over $4.3 million was raised as generous people came together with gifts big and small for the organizations they love.  But beyond the big numbers and trending buzz across social media, Give Local Louisville is a platform that makes a meaningful difference at the individual organization level and for the people they serve far beyond the giving day.

We are proud to spotlight Walden School’s efforts as an example of an organization that grabbed Give Local Louisville in a giant bear hug and ran with it all the way to the finish line. Their efforts resulted in them being one of the top performing newcomers to GLL 2016.

As many astute participating organizations do, they set a clear goal and identified a donor who could offer a matching gift to really incentivize giving on the big day.  Knowing they wanted to raise enough to purchase a 3D printer and cover modest renovations to their gym, the $10,000 match they secured from Sylvia DiCaro and her son Hunter Johnston, alumnus of Walden, would help them get that much closer to their $20,000 goal. They set into motion a plan to energize the student body, their parents, alumni, and friends to donate and their enthusiasm was contagious.

On the day of giving, Walden was transformed into a hub of activity starting with administrators flipping pancakes for everyone early that morning.  Imagine their excitement when they exceeded their goal by 8 AM! The celebratory atmosphere continued throughout the day with Facebook Live interviews, social media and student, parent, faculty, alumni and board involvement. By the end of the day, 256 unique donations had been made raising over $37,000 which allowed for more extensive gym renovations than they originally hoped for.

The fruits of their efforts were celebrated on January 10 at a pep rally held in the beautifully renovated gym featuring a special guest of honor, Harlem Globetrotter Orlando “El Gato” Melendez. The charismatic El Gato wowed everyone with his special skills on the court and inspired everyone with his story of academic and professional accomplishments off the court.

“We appreciate the Community Foundation of Louisville and their efforts to raise the bar for all nonprofits in our community by hosting Give Local Louisville,” said Jena Walker, Director of Development at Walden School. “And we also are grateful to the Walden community for their amazing support of this effort.”

We are happy for them and hope they serve as a great example of how a single day of giving can be so much more.

To see more pictures from the event, visit Walden School’s Facebook page.