Checks distributed to Warren Gives recipients

“The response from the community is a response of appreciation for all that you do.”

That was the message Community Foundation of Warren County Chairman John Hanna brought to a reception held on Tuesday at the Conewango Club for the non-profit organizations that took part in Warren Gives, a 12-hour online donation event hosted by the Foundation on May 8.

In total, $121,194 was raised by 610 donors during the event.

With a $25,000 match generated by the Community Foundation of Warren County, the DeFrees Family Memorial Fund and the Sara Sokolski Memorial Fund, the total generated as a result of Warren Gives was $146,194.

According to the event’s website, 85 non-profit organizations participated in the event. In addition to receiving the donations directly from donors, the $25,000 match was proportionally distributed to the non-profits based on the amount each received through donations.

Checks were distributed as part of Monday night’s reception.

Hanna praised the efforts of the non-profit organizations that participated.

He said, “they did what had to be done” to motivate their supporters to give. “The people here in Warren County always seem to rise to the occasion,” he added.

Noting that, on average, over $12,000 was raised per hour during the event, Hanna said, “All that in just 12 hours. Amazing. Just fantastic.”

“For a first time out, we did a great job,” he added. “It was something new. A new way of bringing a campaign…. Maybe we have generated a new generation of givers. I think it will be successful in the future.”

Foundation Executive Director Dr. Charles Mackenzie explained that the Foundation was once just called the Warren Foundation. He said that the name was changed to indicate that it was a community foundation and that its scope was to serve the whole county, not just the City of Warren.

That was evident in the range of non-profits that participated in the inaugural event.

“I think it was a great first effort,” he said.