Graffam family help nonprofits raise funds

Jan 14, 2013

Camden — In these darker, colder days of winter hearts naturally open to those in need but a study released in April 2012 by the Association for Fundraising Professionals indicates that smaller nonprofit organizations consistently have a harder time raising the funds they need than larger organizations.

Locally the community has seen this national trend play out as organizations like the Camden First Aid Association struggle to cover expenses while they strive to serve neighbors in need.

In an attempt to buck this national trend, one local family has decided to use their business to help some of the nonprofits that help their community get one step closer to their fundraising goals.

This winter the Graffam family is offering an opportunity to small, local nonprofits to receive half the sales from one evening’s dinner service at their Graffam Bros. Harborside Restaurant in Camden.

When asked about feedback for their new idea, Kim Graffam said in a news release, “We asked several local groups what they thought. All of them seemed very pleased to have a chance to both engage the community as well as raise funds to support their mission.”

Every Tuesday through March 2013, the Graffams will partner with a local nonprofit for the evening. Friends, neighbors and members of the community that would like to support that evening’s partner agency will simply come and eat dinner between 5 and 9 p.m.

Representatives will be on hand at the restaurant all evening to answer questions about their organization. At the end of the night, half of what was spent by restaurant patrons will go to that night’s partner agency.

Julia Libby, Camden First Aid’s Service Chief said, “What a generous offer and opportunity for the nonprofits in the area. I am thrilled to be a part of this.”



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