3rd Annual NEPA Gives Raises Over $1.1 Million for 212 Local Nonprofits in One Day



NEPA Stage Staff

Excerpt from a press release:

In just 24 hours, more than 225 local nonprofits worked together across seven northeastern Pennsylvania counties to collectively raise a total of $1,119,661 at the third annual NEPA Gives event on Friday, June 3.

Promoted as the largest day of philanthropy in northeast Pennsylvania, NEPA Gives was organized by the Scranton Area Community Foundation, in partnership with the Alfalfa Foundation, Greater Pike Community Foundation, Wayne County Community Foundation, Carbon County Community Foundation, Posture Interactive, and other community sponsors, to raise awareness of the essential work nonprofits are doing in the area and to help charities raise much-needed funds.

To add to the excitement, the Scranton Area Community Foundation also hosted a free, in-person “Give Gathering” held outside the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center to coincide with Scranton’s First Friday. The Give Gathering included live entertainment from local cover band Light Weight, giveaways, real-time, live updates on NEPA Gives, and opportunities for supporters to meet dozens of participating nonprofits. .

Over 5,149 donors have generously supported NEPA Gives, along with numerous sponsors including Coterra, Hawk Family Foundation, Moses Taylor Foundation, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Neighborly, Discover NEPA, Cumulus Media, Shamrock Communications, Schwartz Mack Foundation, Fidelity Bank, Women in Philanthropy, NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative, William G. McGowan Charitable Fund and many more.

212 nonprofits from seven northeastern Pennsylvania counties received donations during the 24-hour fundraising event, including Equines for Freedom, Everhart Museum, Countryside Conservancy, NeighborWorks and the Diocese of Scranton. To celebrate this historic day, Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti and Wilkes-Barre Mayor George Brown issued official proclamations declaring June 3, 2022 as NEPA Gives Day.

To keep the momentum going, hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes and matching incentives were awarded to participating nonprofit organizations for outstanding achievements, all sponsored by generous corporations, foundations and donors across the region.

“We look forward to NEPA Gives because it really brings fun to fundraising, not only for us but for our donors who show up strong and get excited watching the results all day long,” said Sandra Snyder, Director of Foundation Relations and Special Events. in the Diocese of Scranton.

“Our donors love seeing the Diocese win bonus prizes at NEPA Gives and feeling like they are part of something bigger than themselves,” she continued.

“We are especially grateful to the Scranton Area Community Foundation and all of the foundations and sponsors who make the bonuses available during NEPA Gives. They really help us motivate our donors and have a huge impact on our programming capacity.

“This year, we were grateful to have had the opportunity to gather outside of downtown Scranton to celebrate NEPA Gives and recognize the good work of the many nonprofits participating in NEPA Gives,” added Laura Ducceschi, President and CEO of the Scranton Area Community. Foundation.

“The energy of the event was incredible as hundreds of fans stopped by throughout the evening to enjoy the live entertainment and support their favorite charities.”

Last year, NEPA Gives raised over $1.2 million for 218 nonprofit organizations.

To learn more about the #NEPAGives campaign, visit nepagives.org or contact Brittany Pagnotti, communications manager for the Scranton Area Community Foundation, at 570-347-6203.

The Scranton Area Community Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for all NEPA residents through the development of organized philanthropy. With $97 million in assets under management and more than 260 charitable funds, the foundation has served as a manager, grantmaker, charitable resource and catalyst for change since 1954. It leads various initiatives, including Women in Philanthropy, the Center for Community Leadership and Nonprofit Excellence, NEPA Moves and NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative. Additionally, it hosts and facilitates NEPA Gives and the NEPA Learning Conference.

The Scranton Area Community Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, confirmed in compliance with the National Standards for US Community Foundations. More information can be found at safdn.org.

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