Homeport ‘Champions’ Abound

256 Donors Match $100,000 Challenge From 10 Donors

Homeport in November 2013 launched a fund-raising initiative, banking on boxing champion Muhammad Ali’s quote that “Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision.”

By the end of August 2014, 256 members of the public answered the bell.

Giving gifts of $25 to $3000, the donors, together, raised in excess of $100,000, freeing an additional $100,000 offered to Homeport as a fund-raising challenge from 10 generous and anonymous donors.

“Because of our ‘Challenge’ Champions, $200,000 in new revenue is available to help Homeport give more people the security that a home provides,” said Peter Tripp, Homeport’s Director of Donor & Investor Relations.

The majority of the matching gift funds were from new donors who believe in Homeport’s underlying belief that everyone deserves an affordable home in a safe neighborhood where they can raise their children with pride and where we can grow old with dignity,” Tripp said.

The new funding from the program can be used across the board in Homeport’s mission in helping residents find stability and a pathway out of poverty. Programs run the gamut from financial education to access to food and preventive health care.

“Community members can still participate in the ‘Champions’ initiative or other fund-raising programs offered by Homeport,” Tripp said. “To learn more on how you too can be a champion, to keep the dream alive for our neighbors who need a hand-up not a hand-out, visit www.homeportohio.org/give.  Every gift of every size matters.”