Record Breaking Year for Make a Mark

Wow! Every year I am humbled by the support of the community for Make a Mark.

This year we broke every Make a Mark record starting with nonprofit applications. We saw some really incredible projects for nonprofits that feed and clothe those in need, drive our economy, save lives through their programs and much much more. As always, we wanted to select them all, and hope that one day we can!

This year we were excited to accept the following 18 organizations: ARCH, Child Health Investment Partnership of Roanoke Valley, Feeding America Southwest Virginia, Local Colors of Western VA, Mental Health America of Roanoke Valley, New River Community Action, New River Family Shelter, NRV Academy of Dance, NRV Cares, Orchard Hills Achievement Center, Prevention Council of Roanoke County, Rescue Mission of Roanoke, Roanoke Community Garden Association, Roanoke Outside Foundation, Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Springhouse Community School, The Blacksburg Partnership, Youth of Virginia Speak Out (YOVASO).

We also saw the largest number of Maker applicants including designers, developers, illustrators, videographers, photographers, copywriters and social media specialists. The quality of these applications were the most impressive yet with students and professionals from across the region.

This year we had significantly more sponsors contributing more funds and in-kind support than ever before. Our sponsors include local companies like Qualtrax, Press Press Merch, WillowTree, Brown Edwards, Nest Realty, Hethwood Apartment Homes, In Balance Yoga, Chaos Mountain Brewing, Soaring Ridge Brewery, Chateau Morrisette, Insomnia Cookies, Wordsprint, Card Isle, Polymer Solutions and Four Design.

We also saw global support from Sticker Mule, GitHub, Balsamiq and Mindsense.

Year after year we’ve seen a growth and we’ve served more nonprofits with more Makers, in a higher quality way. We have added projects like websites, videos and now mobile apps to the Make a Mark portfolio.

We added the Nonprofit Speaker Series in 2016 — something we are excited to continue this year —to give the nonprofits selected for Make a Mark some free training sessions from professionals in the area. This Nonprofit Speaker Series led to the Nonprofit Roundtable, which is a monthly gathering of local nonprofit leaders, that are engaged in a diverse range of work, to discuss the challenges facing today’s nonprofits, and how to solve them.

On February 1, I started working full time as the Make a Mark Director. In 2017, Make a Mark will grow much faster, adding additional events up and down the east coast and finding more ways to support nonprofits throughout the year.

Thank you again for all of your continued support!

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