The Scranton Area Community Foundation is thrilled to announce that on Friday, May 4, 2018, twenty-five nonprofit agencies serving the people of Lackawanna County collectively raised a total of $217,765.76 in 24 hours for the 4th Annual NEPA Match Day event. Nearly 2,000 generous donors made gifts to support the participating nonprofits and NEPA Match Day Collective.
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 nonprofit organizations serving our community raise much needed capital to build organizational capacity. Additionally, NEPA Match Day encourages philanthropy in the community and demonstrates how even small gifts make a real difference to local agencies.
The Scranton Area Community Foundation provides matching funds to each nonprofit organization participating in the NEPA Match Day collective on the first $1,000 they raise. All twenty-five participating nonprofit organizations exceeded $1,000 for the second year in a row. The Scranton Area Community Foundation also offered additional bonuses this year to the top-performing organizations. First place bonus of $6,000 will be awarded to Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station; second place bonus of $3,000 will be awarded to Maternal and Family Health Services; third place bonus of $1,000 will be awarded to Northeast Regional Cancer Institute. 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 $200,000 collectively for the first time in NEPA Match Day’s 4 year history, the prior record of $141,000 was set in 2017, this was the first year any of the participating nonprofits exceeded $20,000 individually. The three nonprofits that topped $20,000 for the first time ever were the Catherine McAuley Center, Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station, and the Greater Carbondale YMCA. Two additional nonprofits were high performers for the day with Indraloka Animal Sanctuary nearly reaching $20,000 and the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple easily surpassing $10,000. Every dollar provided by the Scranton Area Community Foundation as a fund matching incentive was leveraged by the nonprofits to create $8.50 in donations.
For NEPA Match Day, the Scranton Area Community Foundation partners with twenty-five area nonprofit organizations 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 twenty-five 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 all the amazing work that our community nonprofit organizations are carrying out locally in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The NEPA Match Day nonprofits involved in this record-breaking year included:
1. Alzheimer’s Association
2. Catherine McAuley Center
3. Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA
4. Countryside Conservancy
5. Dress for Success Lackawanna
7. Everhart Museum
8. Greater Carbondale YMCA
9. Greater Scranton YMCA
10. Heritage Valley Partners
11. Indraloka Animal Sanctuary
12. Jewish Family Service of NEPA
13. Junior League of Scranton
14. Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station
15. Lackawanna Pro Bono
16. Leadership Lackawanna
17. Marley’s Mission
18. Maternal and Family Health Services
19. Meals on Wheels of NEPA
20. NEPA Rainbow Alliance
21. Northeast Regional Cancer Institute
22. Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple
23. The Arc of NEPA
24. United Neighborhood Centers
25. Women’s Resource Center
The Scranton Area Community Foundation is on a mission to enhance the quality of life for all people in Lackawanna County through the development of organized philanthropy. For more information on the Scranton Area Community Foundation, please contact Brittany Pagnotti, Communications Manager, at 570-347-6203. You can donate to the Scranton Area Community Foundation by sending a check made payable to the Scranton Area Foundation and online gifts may also be made at http://www.safdn.org/donate/.