14 Sep Rhinebeck Responds: 6 Steps to Successful Community Fundraising
A Community Comes Together to Support Small Businesses
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, a small group of community members came together to form Rhinebeck Responds, an all volunteer pop-up organization to help address the most urgent local needs. These needs included helping small independent businesses with problems such as payment of rent and applying for government loans. They began to gradually raise money to create a fund to award small grants (up to $5000) to help worthy small businesses survive through the pandemic. The funds came from two generous local businesses and then, more broadly from community members.