VISTA Member Daisy Martinez Creates Funding Opportunities for Giving Hope, Inc.

daisy-martinez-5Daisy Martinez, Resource Development VISTA at Giving Hope, Inc., a transitional housing agency, kept busy in the month of August with grant writing and fundraisers. She submitted the CoServ Charitable Foundation Grant requesting $17,500 for Emergency Rental Assistance Funds, the Walmart/Sam’s Foundation Grant asking for $2,400 to pay one month’s rent for 8 different homeless families, and the TEGNA Foundation Grant, requesting $5,000 to fund after school activities, summer camps, and tutoring for the children who are living in transitional housing units at Wheeler House as funds are note available for these types of enrichment opportunities. Daisy also had the opportunity to write an official Non-Discriminatory Policy for Giving Hope, Inc. which was required for one of the grant applications. In addition to grant writing, Daisy is coordinating the North Texas Giving Day (NTGD) for her agency. NTGD is the largest fundraiser Giving Hope, Inc. participates in each year. She has collaborated with Rose Costumes who has agreed to provide costumes for the staff members present at NTGD to help draw attention and donations from the crowd. Daisy created postcards to send to donors inviting them to donate to Giving Hope, Inc. on September 22nd. She also sent out letters requesting challenge funds from local businesses that have supported Giving Hope in the past. Stay tuned to see how Daisy’s efforts have paid off!

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