Gannett’s Community Thrives grants can help nonprofits in Rochester NY

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Lauren Spiker is the founder and executive director of 13Thirty Cancer Connect, which serves teenagers and young adults with cancer.

13Thirty Cancer Connect and Hope Hall School have applied for the annual Gannett Foundation’s A Community Thrives annual grant-making and crowdfunding program.   

A Community Thrives invests in organizations involved in projects related to education, arts and culture, wellness and other positive local initiatives. 

The nonprofits each have begun fundraising campaigns that will continue through Aug. 13.

Qualifying recipients will receive money and chances to advance for larger regional and national grants. 

Donations must be logged through the pages created by the nonprofits on the Mighty Cause platform, similar to how a GoFundMe page works. 

Last year, Gannett, the Democrat and Chronicle’s parent company, provided more than $2 million nationally in grants and helped nonprofits fundraise more than $3 million by better leveraging social channels. Three of those nonprofits are located in upstate New York. 13Thirty Cancer Connect, Khuba International and Family Planning of South Central New York each were awarded $10,000 through Community Thrives.

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