Emporia Community Foundation encourages doubling your giving on Match Day

The week of Nov. 12-18, 2018, marks Community Foundation Week, a celebration of the role community foundations play in promoting charitable resources building stronger communities. During this week, the Emporia Community Foundation will host its fifth annual Match Day, an event that raises awareness of the impact charitable giving has in our community. This event is an opportunity for individuals to give to charitable organizations they care about and receive a bigger bang for their buck because of the $50,000 matching pool.

Community Foundation Week was created in 1989 by former president George H.W. Bush to raise awareness of the increasing role of community foundations. These foundations are philanthropic organizations fostering local collaboration and innovation addressing persistent civic and economic challenges. Activities this week recognize the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private and nonprofit sectors to address community problems. Match Day is the perfect example of how this collaboration works through donor contributions, local sponsorships and donations from private foundations or donors and their generosity in helping the nonprofit sector.

Building on the success of the past four Match Day events, the Emporia Community Foundation uses donated funds, which are proportionately matched to donor contributions for 25 participating organizations on Match Day.

From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, donors can go to the Flinthills Mall to visit the participating organizational booths and drop off their donation for one or more of their favorite charities. Donor contributions can also be made via the internet for 24 hours on Nov. 12 at emporiamatchday.com. Simply go to the link starting at 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on that day, select your favorite organizations, and make your contribution. Matching funds come from other generous donors.

“The charitable organizations don’t just benefit from the donations and matching funds during the event, but it helps create awareness of their services and value to the community in addition to the chance for them to get together and talk about how their efforts can align,” said Loni Heinen, Emporia Community Foundation program officer.

The goal of Match Day is to expand philanthropy in the community, promote various organizations, and allow these local nonprofits to benefit from donations supporting their programs. The biggest win for the donor is that all donations can all be made in one transaction through the Emporia Community Foundation, with all donations going to the charities of their choice.

The $50,000 match pool will be divided among the organizations in proportion to the total amount raised. For example, an organization would receive 20 percent of the pool ($10,000) if contributions to their organization equal 20 percent of the total amount raised by all participating organizations during the event.

The maximum amount that can be used towards the match is $1,000 per organization from an individual donor.

Many local sponsors have also contributed funds for hourly, special recognition, and other prizes to go to participating organizations; however, these prizes are not matched by funds from the match pool.

All donations may be eligible to be tax deductible, however Emporia Community Foundation advises donors to visit with their tax advisor to determine the deductibility of their donation.

For more information, see www.emporiamatchday.com, call 620-342-9304, or stop by 527 Commercial, Suite B, Emporia. The total amount raised will be announced on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Flinthills Mall with checks presented to each organization.

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