United Way’s Pop Up Giving is back! YOU pick the nonprofit with the winning pitch to get the donation pot. Fast. Fun. Instant impact.

United Way of Southwest Michigan invites the public to attend its THIRD “Pop Up Giving” event on Thursday, May 9 from 5-7 p.m. at Lehman's Orchard Brewery & Farmhouse in Buchanan. This event gives the community the chance to decide where funds go.


Three local HEALTH nonprofits—to be announced prior to the event—have three minutes to pitch a project that will impact the community, followed by two minutes of Q&A with the audience. (The audience has five minutes to complete their ballots to determine the winner.) Proceeds from ticket sales are combined to create a “donation pot.” Second and third place finishers each receive consolation cash prizes of $250, while the organization with the most votes WINS THE REST!


“We are very excited to be holding our third Pop Up Giving event at Lehman’s Orchard Farmhouse & Brewery in Buchanan,” said Charlotte Becker, Director of Annual Campaign at United Way of Southwest Michigan. “This event has quickly grown in popularity, so we hope to get more and more people involved as Pop Up Giving continues. It’s such a fun, fast and easy way for anyone to make an instant impact in Southwest Michigan, which makes this event so unique.”


This event’s sponsor, United Federal Credit Union, has already kicked in $1,000 to get the pot started!


“United Federal Credit Union’s mission is to make a positive impact on the Berrien County community, and sponsoring this important event is just one of the many ways we live that mission,” said Terry O’Rourke, President & CEO of United Federal Credit Union.


Individual tickets are $20 and include one free drink and light appetizers provided by Lehman’s. Doors open at 5 p.m. Presentations begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at uwsm.org/pop-up-giving.  





United Way of Southwest Michigan fights for the Health, Education and Financial Stability of every person in every community. We have the influence and relationships to make sustainable change a reality. By harnessing resources from corporate, nonprofit and public partners, we provide immediate assistance to our most vulnerable populations while addressing the root causes of our community's longstanding challenges and changing lives for the better. To join the fight—through giving, advocacy and volunteering—visit www.uwsm.org.

Ryan CheeversComment