The Scranton Area Community Foundation is thrilled to announce the final results from the 3nd annual NEPA Match Day, which raised a staggering $141,447.98 for 25 nonprofit agencies serving the people of Lackawanna County. This total marks the first time the NEPA Match Day collective exceeded the $100,000 threshold for the one-day giving event, while also topping the goal of $50,000 for the third consecutive year. More than 2,200 people, businesses, and organizations made gifts to the participating nonprofits this year on NEPA Match Day.
NEPA Match Day is held on the first Friday in May, and was created by the Scranton Area Community Foundation as a way to help the vital nonprofits serving our community raise much needed capital to build organizational capacity. An additional reason behind the creation of NEPA Match Day is to encourage philanthropy in the community and demonstrate how small gifts make a real difference to local agencies. The Scranton Area Community Foundation provides matching funds to each nonprofit in the NEPA Match Day collective on the first $1,000 they raise, which means a $10 gift becomes $20, $50 becomes $100, and so on.
Additionally, The Scranton Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce that this year additional bonuses will be provided to the top-performing organizations. First place bonus of $6,000 will be awarded to Dress for Success Lackawanna; second place bonus of $3,000 will be awarded to Northeast Regional Cancer Institute; third place bonus of $1,000 will be awarded to the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple. Bonus awards were competitive and earned by the organizations scoring the highest point totals based on several areas, including collaboration with other nonprofits, promotion of NEPA Match Day, attracting the highest number of individual donors, and additional factors. In addition to exceeding $100,000 for the first time ever, this year marked the first time 12 nonprofits exceeded $5,000 before receiving matching funds and all 25 nonprofits exceeded the $1,000 goal. In previous years, only two nonprofits per year topped $5,000 and one nonprofit in each of the two prior years fell short of the $1,000 threshold.
For NEPA Match Day, the Foundation partners with 25 area nonprofits to maximize one day of giving with the belief that when we work together, we are stronger. Participation in NEPA Match Day is open to direct service 501(c)(3) agencies serving the people of Lackawanna County on a first-come, first-served basis, and the application period typically begins in late January. From February until NEPA Match Day, the first 25 nonprofits to submit completed applications that meet the stated criteria then work together through social media campaigns, group events, and other means of advertising to promote the day of giving and raise awareness about the critical services each organization provides to the region.
The Scranton Area Community Foundation is honored to serve as a community partner to help raise awareness of what these wonderful organizations are doing. The NEPA Match Day nonprofits involved in this record-breaking year included:
1. Abington Community Library
2. AFA Gallery
3. Alzheimer’s Association
4. Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA
5. Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA
6. Dress for Success Lackawanna
7. Greater Carbondale YMCA
8. Greater Scranton YMCA
9. Indraloka Animal Sanctuary
10. Jewish Family Service of NEPA
11. Lacawac Sanctuary Field Station and Environmental Education Center
12. Lackawanna Historical Society
13. Make-a-Wish Greater PA & WV
14. Marley’s Mission
15. Maternal & Family Health Services
16. Meals on Wheels of NEPA
17. Northeast Regional Cancer Institute
18. Scranton Cultural Center
19. Scranton Fringe Festival
20. The Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania
21. The Greenhouse Project
22. United Neighborhood Centers
23. Valley Community Library
24. West Scranton Hyde Park Neighborhood Watch
25. Women’s Resource Center