Newton Et Cetera Shop will be offering three grants of $5000 each to qualified local non-profit organizations.
Newton Et Cetera Shop is a non-profit thrift shop with a mission to provide quality, affordable, recycled merchandise to the community; encourage volunteerism, stewardship and recycling; and benefit the work of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).
In 2012, Et Cetera also began setting aside ten percent of its proceeds for local community giving. We are fiercely committed to our communities and believe that global peace and justice is intertwined with local health. Since our opening in 1976, Newton Et Cetera Shop has donated over $2,000,000 to MCC. With MCC’s blessing, we are growing into this new phase of shared giving. We know the needs are great here and around the world.
That’s where your organization comes in. We are seeking qualified applicants for our Local Giving Fund. Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered:
–hold legal non-profit status
–operate out of and serve at least one of the following local communities: Newton, Hesston, Goessel, Moundridge, Whitewater, Elbing, Halstead, Walton
–operate in manner consistent with MCC, guided by purposes consistent with MCC’s Priorities: disaster relief, sustainable community development and justice and peacebuilding.
For a more detailed description of MCC’s core values, principles and practices, visit the following sites: http://www.mcc.org/systems/files/MCCPrinciplesAndPractices_web_0.pdf and centralstates.mcc.org/about/mission.
Based on our 2012 proceeds, we are making available three $5,000 grants. A small sum will be available for emergency requests.
Applications for a Local Giving Fund disbursement must be received by April 1, 2013, either by E-mail or via post. Awardees will receive notification and follow-up instructions no later than April 12.
All applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of the Newton Et Cetera Shop general manager and several board members. Top-candidate applications will be presented to the entire board at the April meeting, at which time awardees will be chosen.
Organizations selected must agree to actively promote and participate in a Local Giving Day event. Local Giving Days will be promoted to the community as days when their purchases support the partner organization. Volunteers from this organization will be available to assist customers and promote their organization’s work in the community.
Once selected, organizations may apply again after three years. The maximum amount available may change from year to year, depending on available proceeds.
Questions may be directed to the Newton Et Cetera Shop general manager.