Our opinion: Pitching in for Warren Co.

A year ago, a local philanthropic organization proved that in a 12-hour period it could raise $146,194 for the benefit of some 85 participating non-profit organizations in the county.

That’s more than $203 a minute, and an amazing grass-roots achievement.

On May 14 of this year, they plan to do it again, this time building on that fairly amazing effort last year.

Thanks to the efforts of the Community Foundation of Warren County, the 610 individual donors, the DeFrees Family Memorial Fund and the Sara Sokolski Family Fund, which joined with the Community Foundation to kick in $25,000 in matching funds, the first Warren Gives on-line campaign was a rousing success.

This year, Northwest Savings Bank and the Betts Foundation will join those three foundations to increase the match from $25,000 to $35,000.

Contributing to the success last year were the efforts by the scores of individual agencies to promote donations. The result was a canvas that covered the gamut of interests for philanthropic gifts.

It paid off.

Let us take this opportunity early in the planning stages for the 2014 Warren Gives campaign, to offer our hope that this latest campaign finishes above and beyond the first, that the momentum of community involvement and dedication will continue to grow during subsequent years.