Twelve nonprofits. Six grants. 150 JMG students with the voting power to determine which of the dozen nonprofits would receive a Jumpstart Our Youth grant of $1000. Let the pitching begin!
As they have for the past two years, the JMG students at Waterville and Winslow junior high and high schools and Messalonskee high school, have pooled together their JOY funding and asked their nonprofit applicants to present to the combined group. However, unlike previous years where every nonprofit that presented received funding, this year only half the organizations will receive a grant.
At the Messalonskee High School auditorium in March, area nonprofits serving teens, homeless families, the uninsured, domestic violence survivors, and children with disabilities, and that provide disaster relief, community art and behavioral health services, each presented a ten minute overview of their missions, solutions and how they would use the JOY grant to make a difference.
Students demonstrated their interest in nonprofit efficiency by raising questions, including what percentage of the grant would go directly to programs and how much to administrative costs.
Following the twelve pitches, the students ranked their choices to receive grants which will be announced later this spring. Given the format, all of the nonprofits will benefit in some way. Even if an organization is not selected for funding, each had a captive audience to learn more about its mission, potentially fostering future volunteers and donors.