Donation Platform for UV Businesses

Do you own an Upper Valley business that is impacted by Covid-19 and could use a little help from your friends? TLC/4WARD is here to help. 
Vital Communities launched The Local Crowd (TLC) Upper Valley in 2019, a community-based crowdfunding platform, to empower the community to invest in local social enterprises while providing creative capital for growing businesses, community intitatives, and others.
Today, the impacts of the pandemic are wreaking havoc on our economy and threatening many of our small businesses. TLC/4Ward uses the same platform, but as a fundraising platform that encourages the community to pay it forward,  so your business will be here on the other side of this crisis. 
We are in the process of building the site, and will have it up and running shortly. Below are some screen shots to give you an idea of what we’re planning. Businesses can build their own “campaign” or there is the possibility that Vital Communities can help smaller businesses participate through multi-business campaigns. Vital Communities and The Local Crowd are providing this platform for free to Local First member businesses (no cost to use the platform, but credit card fees apply).
Reach out to nancy@vitalcommunities.org or erika@vitalcommunities.org with your interest and questions.

Give to the Businesses You Love!

Wendell Berry once said that by choosing to support a local business in your community, you’re essentially telling that business owner, “I want you to exist. I acknowledge that you and I are neighbors and I accept responsibility for that relationship.” Right now, we each face an enormous responsibility to support our neighbors.

Covid-19 is an economic crisis that many small businesses will not survive without our financial support. If you’re still working or have some extra stimulus dollars to spend, please consider donating to the businesses that make the UV a great place to live, work, and play. Upper Valley businesses need our love now more than ever!

TLC/4Ward Upper Valley is a crowdfunding platform where you can donate to many area businesses that are hanging on by a thread. Your gift will help them be here after this emergency, so they can get back to creating stable jobs, vibrant downtowns with character, and giving back to our community.

Thank you for choosing your neighbors in big, bold, generous ways. It matters.