Why another non-profit – aren’t there enough already?

Support Newport Mesa was formed to help all community stakeholders by providing a donation platform connecting local causes with individual and business donors.

The Newport Mesa area is very generous in support of many nonprofit causes. According to GuideStar.org, there are over 6,000 registered nonprofit organizations in our two cities. However, as our kids participated in and we volunteered with school, team, academic, art and other programs, we experienced a ‘weak-link’ with many fundraising efforts was getting donations to those in need.

For perspective, the Newport Mesa Unified School District has four high schools and 22 elementary schools and nearly 140 causes – teams, clubs and other programs – each seeking to raise funds from the community to enrich their respective programs. Many parents volunteer, but typically move on after a year or two in sync with their children’s progression through school. The turnover of volunteers is challenging for everyone – the volunteers, coaches, teams and both individual and business donors. The Support Newport Mesa platform helps make donating consistent across causes and programs and sustainable year after year.

What is meant by ‘Donor Fatigue’ and ‘Fundraising Fatigue’

‘Donor fatigue’ and ‘fundraising fatigue’ are when volunteers and/or donors become overwhelmed by fundraising activities.

Fundraising is necessary to support our local youth activities. Some people love it. Some people hate it. Fatigue can set in when the need for help outstrips the time and/or money from volunteers to the extent that helping becomes a burden in spite of what may have initially been with the best of intentions. Selling popcorn, candy, car washes, [fill-in-the-blank]-a-thons, bake sales, talent shows, home tours, drawing/raffle tickets, restaurant/store special sales sharing days and parent gala events can all be fantastic and this donation portal is meant to complement those efforts.

The Newport Mesa Unified School District has four high schools, 22 elementary schools and well over 100 teams, clubs and groups each seeking to raise additional funds from the community to enrich their respective programs. Volunteer parents typically move on after a year or two in sync with their children’s progression through school. The turnover of volunteers is challenging for everyone – the new/returning volunteers, coaches, teams and donors, both individuals and businesses alike.

The Support Newport Mesa platform seeks to make donating simple and year-over-year consistent across local schools, teams and other youth programs to help reduce fatigue and burnout.

Why focus on youth programs instead of social, environment or health issues?

We focus Support Newport Mesa toward youth development-related programs because we believe the scope and scale of our efforts can make a difference and ‘move the needle’ toward improvement and demonstratable impact on the immediate, short-term and long-term future for the causes we support. We’ve experienced firsthand both challenges and successes of raising funds in the Newport Mesa area and believe we can make a positive difference with youth programs.

We agree with many of the findings by The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and its member state associations: Youth participation in extracurricular activities helps develop life skills, form better citizens and improves the overall quality of life in local communities.

Please read our summary post on The Case for High School Athletics and other co-curricular or education-based activities and the embedded link to the full text.

Support for environmental, social and health issues.  As individuals and in our ‘day-jobs’, we support many such both financially and as volunteers including fighting cancer (i.e. Susan G. Koman Foundation®), eliminating food shortages (i.e. Second Harvest Food Bank, Solutions for Urban Agriculture), and ensuring a healthy, sustainable environment (Surfrider Foundation). The reach of these causes are local, regional, national and global. We support these worthy causes and more while they are outside the charter for Support Newport Mesa.

Are donations on this site tax-deductible?

Yes, donations on this site are tax-deductible as we are a qualifying nonprofit organization (always confirm tax advice with your accountant).

Support Newport Mesa is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization Tax ID# 85-2316941 operated by an all-volunteer team with no paid staff.

How does Shop Newport Mesa giveback to Support Newport Mesa?

Shop Newport Mesa donates at least 50% (and up to 100%) of all individual and business membership dues to the nonprofit Support Newport Mesa to aid our area schools, arts, academics, athletics and other youth-related activities. Shop Newport Mesa also provides management and administration services to ensure Support Newport Mesa is operated by all volunteers with no paid staff.

Does Support Newport Mesa donate to political campaigns or causes?

No. Donations to political campaigns are not consistent with our mission and would also violate our nonprofit 501(c)(3) status with the IRS and the State of California.

My team already raises funds from sponsors, program ads, banners and more – how can Support Newport Mesa help?

Support Newport Mesa is designed to complement other fundraising efforts by providing an easy to use donation portal and a consistent donor experience for donating to multiple Newport Mesa area schools, teams and programs. If you have specific fundraising needs (program ads, banners, t-shirts, suggested donation contribution amounts, etc), please contact us as we may be able to help your efforts by providing a customized donation page exclusively for your program.

How long does it take for my donation get to the school or team?

Generally, we send donations to sports teams that are ‘in-season’ each week. For other programs and sports teams are that are ‘off-season’, we generally send donations at the end of each month. If you want a different schedule is needed, we are happy to accommodate it.

Do you accept grant requests for specific needs?

As a general matter, no. Instead, we prefer to focus donations to those closest to the cause or program as we believe they know what is best for the school, team, foundation, club, PTA or other youth programs