Northwest Arkansas experienced an incredible day of giving during NWA Gives 2023. This annual event, now in its sixth year, has grown into a year-round network of support for local nonprofit organizations. This year, NWA Gives raised a staggering $944,252 from 3,686 individual donors. We’re thrilled to share the success stories of three first-year participants and their inspiring campaigns.
All Bikes Welcome
All Bikes Welcome, a nonprofit with a mission to build more racial equity and gender diversity in cycling, participated in NWA Gives for the first time this year. They raised an impressive $4,425 from 133 donors, earning them first place for the small nonprofit with the most individual donors. The funds raised will help All Bikes Welcome continue their work in providing free and low-cost outdoor programming in Northwest Arkansas, addressing intersectionality by providing programming that centers marginalized folks in the cycling community, and addressing inclusivity by providing opportunities for marginalized folks to learn and grow on and off the bike. Learn more about their mission, upcoming events and how to get involved below.
The Sound Collaborative
What if local musicians had a space to play, rehearse, record, and collaborate with other musicians—right here in NWA?
The Sound Collaborative, an organization working to create a community-funded gathering space for music makers of all genres and skill levels, also joined NWA Gives for the first time. Through their fundraising efforts, they raised an outstanding $15,705 from 52 donors. These funds will bring Northwest Arkansas musicians one step closer to collaboration by providing affordable access to rehearsal space, recording studios, and more.
Box Balloons NWA
Box of Balloons NWA, a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring every child has a memorable birthday celebration, participated in NWA Gives and raised $1,262 from 29 donors. This generosity will enable them to provide 12 birthday boxes for children in need, helping spread happiness and joy to families throughout the region.
To date, Box of Balloons NWA has celebrated over 8,000 birthdays. They project that over the next five to seven years they will attain over 7,500 community volunteers within 75 BOB chapters and gain the ability to celebrate 3,750 children annually!