Partnership to Grant $834,900 to Local Nonprofits

The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP) in partnership with Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships, hosted Raise the Region on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 to help the communities of Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union Counties support local nonprofit organizations fund raising efforts.

In one day of giving, North Central Pennsylvania showed its true spirit of philanthropy by donating $834,900 to over 160 nonprofits. As the first fundraiser of its kind in the region supported by FCFP, Raise the Region had thousands of donors make over 4,300 gifts. Each of the preregistered nonprofits received at least one donation.

"Raise the Region provided FCFP the opportunity to show the benefits of working as a regional community foundation focused on strengthening area nonprofits through collaboration and leadership. Raising awareness for the many great nonprofits across the region and increasing the sense of community among donors across county lines were the primary goals," said Jennifer D. Wilson, FCFP President & CEO.

In addition to the online public donations of $726,827, the participating nonprofits benefited from $125,000 in matching funds from the Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships. The $125,000 divided by the total collected allows each of the nonprofits to receive an additional seventeen cents on their gift(s).

"The Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships are proud to be a part of this regional fundraiser. Raise the Region gave us the opportunity to support over 160 local nonprofits by providing a percentage match on 4,300 gifts," said Adam Alexander.

Monetary prizes and incentives, sponsored by Auto Trakk and Larson Design Group, were awarded throughout the day. The Lycoming County SPCA received the $5,000 Grand Prize for having the most unique donors throughout the 24-hour period. The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and Expectations Women's Center followed with a close second and third, respectively winning $2,500 and $1,000 each.

Additional prize winners include:

  • Century Prize- $1,000 awarded to the first 3 nonprofits with 100 unique donors: Expectations Women's Center, Lycoming County SPCA, and North Union United Soccer Club.
  • Double Donors- $1,000 awarded to the nonprofit closest to doubling the number of unique donors at 2:00 pm by 4:00 pm. There was a tie among two organizations. This prize will be split among: Economics PA and Children's Dyslexia Center.
  • Founders Prize- $1,000 added to the donation made by the 1,916 donor: AGAPE.
  • Founders Prize- $1,000 added to the organization receiving a donation closest to 19:16 (7:16 pm): Victory Baptist Church Youth Outreach.
  • Powerful Communities Prize- every participating nonprofit that had at least one gift by 10:00 am was eligible. A total of 10 nonprofit organizations were randomly selected throughout the day to receive an additional $1,000: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Columbia Montour Family Health, Inc., Kathryn's Kloset-St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Muncy Historical Society & Museum, North Central Sight Services, Inc., Northumberland County Council for the Arts & Humanities, Repasz Band, Roads to Freedom-Center for Independent Living, Union County Historical Society, and Yokefellowship Prison Ministry.
  • Breakfast Prize- $2,000 awarded to the nonprofit with the most unique donors by 9:00 am: North Union United Soccer Club.
  • Lunch Prize- $2,000 awarded to the nonprofit that raised the most money between 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Lycoming County Young Life.
  • Dinner Prize- $2,000 awarded to the nonprofit with the most unique donors from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: North Union United Soccer Club.
  • Primetime Prize- $2,000 awarded to the nonprofit that raised the most money between 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Muncy Historical Society & Museum.
  • Checkered Flag Prize- $2,500 awarded to the nonprofit that received the most gifts (not unique donors) between 10:00 pm – 11:59 pm: Uptown Music Collective.
  • Passionate Giving Prize (sponsored by PNC Bank) - $2,500 awarded to the nonprofit with the single largest gift during the 24 hour period. There was a tie among seven organizations for the largest gift. This prize will be split among: Center for Creativity-Community Woodshop, Community Arts Center, Jersey Shore YMCA, Lewisburg Downtown Partnership, Lycoming County Young Life, St. John Neumann Regional Academy, and The Green Dragon Foundation.

“While the Foundation served as the catalyst, this event would not have been possible without the support from the Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships and our prize sponsors. It is their spirit of philanthropy that made this initiative successful across the region,” said Wilson.

The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania works regionally and locally to bring together people, partners and places to grow local giving and investment, strengthen area organizations and results, and take on the critical issues and efforts needed to build vibrant communities and a thriving north central Pennsylvania region.

For more information on the programs and services offered by the Community Foundation, or to learn more about ways to make a difference in your community, contact the Community Foundation office at (866) 901-2372.

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