The new way to give: by text |

The new way to give: by text

Special to the Daily/Bob Bloch

The Summit Community Care Clinic has an innovative way for attendees, or non-attendees, to give. The clinic will be utilizing mobile-giving technology so interested donors can text pledges for their upcoming fundraiser: Soup for the Soul, Bread for the Clinic. The event will be March 26 at the Copper Mountain Conference Center, but supporters can text their pledges anytime – before, during or even after the event.

“This allows people to participate and to give if they cannot attend the event,” said Karen Ponds, director of development and administration at the clinic.

Ponds said many mobile-giving programs have caps on how much someone can give – usually $5 or $10. Connect2give, the mobile pledging company the clinic is implementing, was created specifically for nonprofit organizations and allows donations of any amount. Donors text “IGIVE,” and the amount of their pledge, to 9 10 11 on their mobile phones. Once someone has texted a pledge, they receive a text verifying the amount. A community care clinic representative will then follow-up shortly via phone call to complete the pledging process. Donations will not be added to the supporter’s mobile phone bill, but those giving will be asked to contribute by cash, check or credit card.

Sarah Vaine, executive director at the clinic, said she is optimistic about providing a new way for interested donors who can’t attend the event to show their support. She said the technology also provides a way for the clinic to reach a new generation of potential supporters who are becoming increasingly comfortable with using mobile phones for transactions.

This is the fourth year running for the clinic’s only fundraising event. Copper Mountain, the premier sponsor, is hosting the affair and providing dinner: soup served in a bread bowl. A silent auction where individuals can bid on items from the community – like bowls made by Summit High School students – will be held, and live entertainment will be provided by The Pine Beatles, a Breckenridge bluegrass band. Vaine will be speaking to attendees about what the care clinic offers.

“It’s a nice homey-feeling event, and allows individuals to hear a little bit more about the clinic,” Ponds said.

One hundred percent of the proceeds go directly to the clinic. In the past few years, Ponds said the event has always raised around $30,000 – $40,000. This year, organizers are trying to hit $50,000. The morning of the event, Amazing Grace in Breckenridge will be donating all proceeds from its morning sales to the clinic.

“If someone can’t go to the event, they can go to Amazing Grace and get a scone for the soul, as opposed to soup for the soul,” Ponds said.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at any Summit County FirstBank. Tickets can also be obtained by calling the clinic at (970) 668-6687, or by visiting

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