Warren Gives exceeds goal

Warren Gave.

The inaugural edition of Warren Gives, a 12-hour online fundraising campaign, raised close to $120,000 on Wednesday, surpassing the $100,000 goal set for the event.

“We were very pleased with the enthusiasm and the outpour of kindness of this community,” Ines Nelson, event coordinator, said Wednesday night. “It’s just been amazing.”

The number of individual donors contributing to the effort totaled 609.

Some of the largest recipients included the Struthers Library Theatre, Warren Public Library, Boy Scouts of America and House of Hope, according to Nelson.

The giving window opened at 8 a.m. and, according to the event’s Facebook page where periodic updates were posted throughout the day, in the first hour alone over $15,000 in donations was received. The totals continued to climb throughout the day. At 11 a.m., just under $40,000 had been received. At 1 p.m., Warren Gives had exceeded the $50,000 mark, half way to the $100,000 goal.

At 2:30 p.m., $78,568 had been donated, which included 348 donations and an average donation of $226. “The enthusiasm and generosity of our communities is amazing,” the organization said, according to its Facebook page.

By 6:30 p.m., 520 donors had combined to blow past the goal with total donations at $110,328.

According to the event’s website, 85 non-profit organizations participated in the event. The Community Foundation of Warren County, which spearheaded the event, came together with the DeFrees Family Memorial Fund and the Sara Sokolski Family Fund to generate a $25,000 match that will be distributed proportionally among the organizations at the end of the event.

“We’ll have all the numbers finalized by the end of next week,” Nelson said. She explained that a reception will be held in June where all the organizations will gather to receive their checks with the match included.

She praised the spirit of the donors involved, explaining that the most significant issue she had to deal with during the day was “people trying to donate to more than 10 (organizations.)”

“It’s definitely been humbling,” she added. “It’s wonderful.”