ECF to announce match day results on Giving Tuesday

Emporia area donors united to support 20 nonprofit organizations during the second annual Emporia Area Match Day on Nov. 16, at the Flinthills Mall. The event exceeded 2014 contributions of approximately $36,000 within three and a half hours of its start time. Donations ranged from small amounts of change to several thousand dollars. Final results will be announced about 11:45 a.m. on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, in a special ceremony at the Flinthills Mall. The public is invited to the presentation ceremony and Shirley Antes, executive director for the Emporia Community Foundation, has said the totals will be “astonishing.”

The Emporia Community Foundation (ECF) began working on this year’s Match Day, held in conjunction with Community Foundation Week (Nov. 12-18) early in the year to seek funding partners and open up the application process for organizations to be considered for five additional spots in this year’s event. Matching funds for this year’s Match Day event included two new funders, Clint Bowyer’s 79 Fund and the W.S. & E.C. Jones Testamentary Trust, Bank of America, N.A. Trustee, along with the three original funders – the Hopkins, Reeble and Trusler Foundations.

The 20 charitable organizations that participated in this year’s event included: Arvonia Historical Preservation Society, Emporia Area Habitat for Humanity, Birthright of Emporia, Inc., Hispanics of Today & Tomorrow, Chase County Care & Compassion, Lyon County Restricted Emergency Fund, East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation (ECKAN)-Lyon County, Lyon County Crime Stoppers, Inc., Emporia Celebrates the Flint Hills, Lyon County RSVP, Emporia Eastside Community Group, Military Care Packages, Emporia Municipal Band, Never Let Go Fund, Emporia Senior Center, Project TEEN-Flint Hills Community Health Center, Inc., Food for Students, Sertoma Train, Friends of the Emporia Animal Shelter, and What’s In Outdoors.

The match money for the 20 organizations will be a pro-rated match in that the match percentage will be calculated in proportion to the total amount raised. Additionally, several cash prizes will be awarded to organizations receiving hourly prizes and other special prizes to be announced at the Dec. 1 ceremony.

The goal for Match Day is to not only expand philanthropy but also provide a venue for local nonprofits to benefit from donor funds to support their programs and operations. The biggest win for donors, other than receiving a tax-deduction for their donation, is to learn about the 20 charitable organizations and what they provide for our community.

Everyone is invited to the Flinthills Mall for the announcement of the final results and check presentations to the 20 organizations.

“We believe that Giving Tuesday (the Tuesday following Thanksgiving) is an appropriate day to make this presentation,” said Antes. “On this day we will be announcing to the world what community donors have given back to 20 charitable organizations so they continue the great work that they do.”

Information thanks to the Emporia Community Foundation.

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