About Thank You Ma’am
Thank You Ma’am Reno is a group of 100 women dedicated to amplified contributions to four selected Reno area non-profits each year.
My name is Mignon Lagatta and I am a native to this area, born and raised in Carson City, I now proudly call Reno my home. I love this community! I’m raising kids here, I own a business here, my family, friends, and roots are here.
I believe very strongly in giving back and have been searching for a meaningful way to do so. At a recent conference, I met the woman who started the original Thank You Ma’am in Seattle and something clicked. I knew right away that this is what I wanted to bring to Reno. It is a way for us to contribute that can make a big impact without a big time commitment as everyone has busy lives. It also allows us to keep our contributions local, in our own community while also connecting with other amazing women.
If this sounds like something you’re interested in, please join us! We can make a difference right here at home, one non-profit at
Thank you, ma’am!
How It Works
$100 x 100 Women = $10,000 to a Non-Profit
When you join Thank You Ma’am Reno, you enter your credit card information for your card to be charged $103.00 once per quarter; $100 goes directly to the non-profit selected at each meeting. The additional $3 is to cover processing fees.
The processing is all handled by the 501(c)3 non-profit The Giving Group which is the umbrella group that started Thank You Ma’am in Seattle, the original. Once a year you will receive a receipt for you taxes.
The Giving Group and Thank You Ma’am Reno will never give or sell your information to any outside parties.
When and Where?
Meetings are currently held on Zoom. Codes are sent out via email one day prior to the meeting. To be added to the email list, contact Tracy Ceragioli at firstname.lastname@example.org. Meetings open at 5:30 pm, begin promptly at 6 and end by 7. Meeting dates are usually the 4th Tuesday of the following months (once a quarter). Dates are subject to change.
January 28, 2020
April 28, 2020
July 27, 2020 (Monday)
October 27, 2020
Frequently Asked Questions
Present a Non-Profit
One of the great aspects of Thank You Ma’am is that we, the membership, get to nominate our favorite local non-profits.
Each quarter members have the opportunity to put their name in a “hat” to be selected to pitch their non-profit.
Up to 4 are selected, and each presenter gets up to 5 minutes to make her case for her non-profit.
There are some guidelines about which non-profits can be nominated.
- The non-profit must have 501(c)3 status.
- It must be a local non-profit directly serving Reno and the surrounding area.
Do you have a non-profit you want to nominate?
Follow these simple steps and get ready to make your pitch!
Selling your non-profit in a brief 5 minutes takes some planning. Consider the following points to include in your presentation:
- Introduce yourself and the organization you are nominating.
- Start with an opening line designed to grab the audience’s attention. For example, “An estimated 30% of children in Reno do not get enough to eat every day.”
- Describe the mission of the organization. If applicable, also describe the program you are seeking funding for.
- Explain how the money will be used.
- Share the importance of the organization about the positive impact on the community. Conversely, what will the community miss out on without this non-profit or program?
- How does the organization measure it’s success? How can we be sure the money will be well utilized?
- Anything else you feel is important about this organization and what it provides the community.
- End with a heartfelt ask and a thank you.
Nominees and Recipients
Every quarter, non-profits are nominated to receive a donation from Thank You Ma’am Reno members. The non-profit that receives the most votes is awarded the donations. We highlight all non-profits from that quarter below!
Northern Nevada RAVE Family Foundation: RAVE stands for Respite and Volunteer Experiences. The mission of the Northern Nevada R.A.V.E. Family Foundation (RAVE) is to improve the well-being of Nevada families by providing respite to families caring for young and adult children and with special needs. RAVE accomplishes this by training youth volunteers to care for these exceptional children. RAVE currently has three respite programs available in order to accomplish this mission (1) RAVE Family Center, (2) Jr. RAVE and (3) Teen RAVE.
For more information: https://nnrff.org/
St. Francis of Assisi Food Pantry: Did you know that “1 in 6 Americans struggle to feed themselves and their families each day? Additionally, up to 30% of children living in the Reno/Sparks area do not know when they will receive their next meal. Many families requiring assistance don’t have access to fresh and healthy foods, making it nearly impossible to meet nutritional needs.” For the St. Francis Food Pantry, “it’s all about getting real food to real families.” In addition to non-perishable food items, St. Francis also provides meats and fresh fruits and vegetables striving to help meet the nutritional needs of those they serve.
For more information: saintfrancisfoodpantryreno.org/index.html
Urban Lotus Project: Urban Lotus Project offers “trauma-informed yoga and meditation classes at organizations in Reno already serving at-risk and under served youth and young adults.” Youth who receive these services report a significant positive impact on their functioning and well being.
For more information: http://www.urbanlotusproject.org/
Hart Foundation: The Hart Foundation raises money to help provide free caregiving services to seniors and veterans who could not otherwise afford these services they need so desperately. Their mission is: “Enriching lives by providing essential in-home caregiving services for qualifying senior citizens and veterans at no cost, and offering senior focused programs to enhance the communities in which we serve.”
Girls on the Run: Girls on the Run inspires girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.
Hope Springs: Hope Springs consists of 30 individual sleeping units, all surrounding a central facility with restrooms, showers, laundry, kitchen, and community space. This project will empower Reno’s unsheltered community by providing support services like intensive case management, assistance in building paths to permanent housing, coordination of medical care and behavioral health, ID assistance, workforce development as well as other services to help our community members thrive in the long term.
Lexie’s Gift: Begun as a tribute to Lexie Valverde, Lexie’s Gift provides much needed items to kids throughout our community. In addition, they host an annual Prom Boutique providing prom attire and accessories to local area high school students who otherwise could not afford them.
The recipient for April 2019:
Eddy House: Support homeless youth from age 12-24 and established in 2011. Serve about 250 clients weekly and have around 10,000 visits to their facility yearly. Their goal is to expand services and have a 50-bed overnight facility. They have a staff of 15 and provide “hope and help”. http://eddyhouse.org/
As always, we had several great non-profits nominated:
Sherri Eldon Memorial Fund: They help support nursing shortage by offering nurses in Washoe County area scholarships for continued education. They award $2,500 yearly. https://www.renown.org/cherie-elvin-memorial-fund-scholarship-application/
Project Help Nevada: Established in 2015. Started with referrals from the youth criminal justice system. They started as a referral source for different services in the community. They now provide resources to work on job and life skill-building. They also have found safe housing and help with ID cards. They offer 30-hour workshops and perform mini-assessments. They offer incentives to keep youth engaged in their workshops and training. They offer help to those 15 years of age and older…but really they say. ’’Anybody who walks through our door gets services’’. https://www.projecthelpnevada.org/
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Northern Nevada Outreach Volunteer Program: One service they offer, besides community education and support, is having a volunteer family (where a child in the family has been diagnosed with diabetes) meet up with a family and child with a new diagnosis of diabetes. They offer them support, guidance, and resources to help them navigate this new diagnosis. This organization also funds research to work towards a cure and prevention of juvenile diabetes. https://www.jdrf.org/nevada/
The recipient of our January 2019 contribution:
Urban Lotus Project: Their mission is “to serve and empower at-risk and underserved youth and young adults through trauma-informed yoga and meditation practices.” http:// www.urbanlotusproject.org
Non-profits also nominated:
Katie Grace Foundation: “The Katie Grace Foundation will embrace the unconditional love for others that Katie taught us. We will use the Foundation to continue acts of kindness and charity in our community.” https://ktgracefoundation.org/
Veterans of Foreign Wars – Virginia City Auxiliary: This branch of the VFW provides for our local Veterans in need. They can be reached at (775) 835-9134
The recipient for October 2018 is Nevada Youth Empowerment Project (NYEP)
Nevada Youth Empowerment Project (NYEP), a unique, community-based youth service provider founded in 2007, develops, implements and evaluates programming targeting homeless, aged-out, unprepared, parentless youth (ages 18-24), designed to produce the outcomes desired for older youth and emerging adults; high school graduation, employment, college education, independent housing, good citizenry, and avoidance of welfare. http://nyep.org/
Non-profits also nominated
Women and Children’s Center of the Sierras (WACCS)
The Women and Children’s Center of the Sierra provides services to support women as they work to move out of poverty and improve their lives. http://waccs.org/
Katie Grace Foundation
Katie Grace Foundation will embrace the unconditional love for others that Katie taught us. We will use the Foundation to continue acts of kindness and charity in our community. https://ktgracefoundation.org/
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. https://www.jdrf.org/nevada/
The July 2018 recipient Lexie’s Gift.
Lexie was a shining light whose life was cut tragically short in a car accident in August 2016. Lexie’s Gift was established as an outlet for Lexie’s parents, family, and friends to celebrate her short life by continuing her legacy of helping those who need it the most.
The celebration of Lexie’s upcoming 30th birthday was the spark that started the forest fire. As the donations came in and the requests for necessities were received, it became apparent the there was a great need for assistance throughout our community. Lexie’s Gift has become the much-needed link between organizations and the community, continually connecting people to the help they need. https://www.lexiesgift.com/
The additional nominees were:
For Kids Foundation:
For Kids Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial aid and assistance to children in Northern Nevada with specific unmet needs such as medical, dental, mental health, or educational services for which other resources are insufficient or nonexistent. https://www.forkidsfoundation.org/
Purpose Driven Youth Development (PDYD):
PDYD is a new 501(c) which will serve youth ages 11-18 as a preventative mentoring program. They are in the program development stage and a very exciting new non-profit.
The recipient of our April 2018 collective donation is Child Assault Prevention Project (CAP).
CAP delivers presentations 2nd, 4th and 6th graders teaching them how to stay safe and who to turn to for help should they find themselves in a dangerous situation. They’re helping our community’s youth stay “Safe, Strong and Free!” https://www.childassaultprevention.org/
The donation will be presented to CAP on 5/17/18.
Also nominated in April:
Runway for Life which benefits Mom’s on the Run: http://momsontherun.info/events/runway-life
Lexie’s Gift a non-profit that helps the homeless, at-risk teens, various individuals and small local charities that may be struggling to get donations: https://www.lexiesgift.com/
In addition to our nominated non-profits, this quarter we had 3 8th graders from Depaoli Middle school selling appetizers and desserts to raise money for The Eddy House!
In January, Project 150 was nominated for the 2nd time and won!
Project 150 helps homeless, disadvantaged youth stay in high school and graduate. http://www.project150reno.org
January’s other nominees were:
Child Assault Prevention Program – Working to keep Nevada’s children safe, strong and free
Strengthen the Pack – Working to strengthen UNR’s athletic department.
Eddy House – Promoting self-sufficiency and empowerment to homeless, runaway, foster and at-risk youth ages 12-24.
The very first Reno non-profit to win our collective donation was Awaken – Communities united to end sex trafficking.
The other nominees were:
Evelyn Mount Food Bank, providing food to those in need in our community. https://www.facebook.com/Evelyn-Mounts-Community-Outreach-of-RenoSparks-180505438695419/timeline
Project 150, helping homeless, disadvantaged youth stay in high school and graduate. http://www.project150reno.org/
Nevada Youth Empowerment Project (NYEP), supporting our youth in need with 100% community-based funding. http://nyep.org/