NPO Roundup a Second Year Success
“Gathering a group of like-minded, interested and interesting people produces good results.”
– Girdwood Inc. Founding Director, Treasurer Diana Livingston
By P.M. Fadden
Representatives to local and statewide non-profit initiatives gathered Friday the 23rd at Girdwood’s Challenge Alaska facility for Fall Roundup 2016.
In its second year, the Girdwood Inc.-sponsored Roundup offers NPO’s and interested public opportunity to mingle, learn and laugh over complimentary food and beverages in a reception atmosphere featuring live music and casual fun.
“Fall Roundup was conceived to support the Girdwood Inc. mission statement:…Organized exclusively for educational and charitable purposes to facilitate the public service needs of the Girdwood Valley, and to pursue other educational and charitable
purposes that will foster the economic health and vitality of the region and its inhabitants,” said Girdwood 2020 Co-Chair as well as Founding Director and Treasurer Diana Stone Livingston.
“Its primary focus is to raise awareness of the activities and accomplishments of Girdwood Inc. and the organizations it sponsors,” she said.
Open to public and free to attend, Fall Roundup is both administered and hosted by Girdwood Inc. directorship. The evening’s audience comprised Girdwood Inc. supported organizations and their guests as well as a curious public.
“Over the years Girdwood Inc. has sponsored and assisted approximately thirty nonprofit organizations and projects,” Livingston said. “Last year’s Roundup had about twelve tables where they displayed and discussed their projects.”
Roundup 2016 featured eight participant tables boasting colorful, interactive and informative displays promoting area non-profit efforts. Event organizers estimated sixty people visited Fall Roundup 2015. The event’s second year saw similar attendance figures, filling a Challenge Alaska facility well suited to the evening’s open atmosphere of professional mingling and informal enjoyment.
As its namesake indicates, Fall Roundup’s initial conception as an autumn-specific annual event is believed to be compatible with the bustling peak season schedules of Alaska families.
“In summer months most people are engaged in activities that take them away from Girdwood to enjoy the pleasant weather and beauties of Alaska,” Livingston said. “In September, families are back in town and this is a good time for a reception to feature Girdwood’s nonprofit organizations.”
One hundred percent volunteer driven, Roundup culminates a year of committee work. Three Girdwood Inc. directors plan the evening’s format while the board’s eight members pool their hospitality skills to host the event.
“Each organization attending has a table to display brochures, photographs and to generate conversation. Each is given time during the reception to speak in front of the group about who they are, what they do and whatever message they want to share,” Livingston said.
“This is a good venue for creating awareness; no action is expected from the reception but significant synergy has been generated and resulted in some unexpected, astounding results,” she said.
“NPO’s provide a venue for action on public causes in a casual setting,” Livingston said. “The ones that become sustainable add to the fabric of their community, such as Four Valleys Community School, Little Bears Playhouse and the Girdwood Clinic.”
“Events like Fall Roundup provide an opportunity for members of the public to learn about each organization,” Livingston said, “and provides a time and place for our sponsored organizations to come together, share their information, and explain to the public what they are doing.”
Communities of smaller population density such as Girdwood are proposed to be positively effective settings for philathropic gatherings like Fall Roundup.
“All Girdwood nonprofits are seeking support and funding for ongoing programs, or for new ones,” Livingston said, “and Girdwood people and organizations tend to support one another and rally when help is needed. Girdwood is a dynamic, challenging community with many active, energetic residents and visitors. Each one of them has ideas for supporting or improving the quality of life here. Gathering a group of like minded, interested and interesting people produces good results.”