Members of the first ever nonprofit Giving Tuesday collective in Lackawanna County gather to celebrate a successful day of giving. The Scranton Area Community Foundation formed this collective of nine nonprofit organizations to join the movement to create a National Day of Giving on December 2, 2014, and bring it to Lackawanna County. Together, the nine members of the collective raised over $10,000 in one day. Added to that total was an additional up to $500 per nonprofit provided as a dollar for dollar match by the Scranton Area Community Foundation, increasing the amount raised by the collective to $14,000. SAF formed the collective and provided a match because they wanted to double the generosity of the community, and help make a greater impact. In addition to the successful fundraising initiative, participants wanted to help transform the way people think about volunteerism, philanthropy, and giving during the busy holiday season.
#GivingTuesdayNEPA partners include (See Photo): Back row – L to R Laura Ducceschi (Scranton Area Community Foundation, President & CEO), Nancy Perri (Women’s Resource Center), Heather Murphy (Carbondale YMCA), Molly Boylan (NeighborWorks); Linda Mlodzienski (Lackawanna Heritage Valley), Mary Coolican (EOTC), Kate Holod (EOTC), Rachel Drazdowski (Scranton Area Community Foundation, Director of Philanthropy). Front row – L to R, Veronica Delgado (Women’s Resource Center); Nancy Sanderson (Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic), Jane Risse (The Greenhouse Project), Gene Talerico (Marley’s Mission), Mary Rhodes (EOTC). Other partners included Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.