Warren Gives set to return May 14

Warren Gives, the 12-hour online fundraising event held by the Community Foundation of Warren County to raise awareness and appreciation for county non-profits and to encourage new giving, will return on Wednesday, May 14.

Last year’s event raised $146,194 through 1,300 donations that benefited 85 participating organizations.

This year, Northwest Savings Bank and the Betts Foundation will join the Community Foundation, DeFrees Family Memorial Fund, and the Sara Sokolski Family Fund to increase the match from $25,000 to $35,000.

“We’re anticipating increased interest this year and more people who have already signed up being more aggressive in getting contributions made to the site,” Community Foundation Executive Director Dr. Charles Mackenzie said, adding that he wanted to “encourage the non-profits who are participating to start actively soliciting their donors; it’s not too early.”

Match dollars will be distributed proportionally among organizations based on the donations they receive.

One hundred percent of donations and match dollars go directly to the organization all administrative and processing fees are paid by the Community Foundation of Warren County.

Mackenzie said venturing into online contributing was meant to increase financial support to non-profit agencies throughout the county and to try and introduce the concept of online giving to the area.

During the first Warren Gives event last year, $121,194 was raised through donations with an additional $25,000 in match funds from the Community Foundation, DeFrees Family Memorial Fund, and the Sara Sokolski Family Fund.

Of that total, 610 donors contributed 1,327 donations. The largest donation received was for $4,000; the most donations by one donor was 38; the average gift was $92; the average amount per donor was $198.68; 2.18 gifts were averaged per donor; and all 85 recipients received at least one gift, according to warrengives.org.

The 2013 top 10 organizations by amount raised with the match funds were the Struthers Library Theatre, $17,354.80; House of Hope of Warren County, $9,856.71; Chief Cornplanter Council, Boy Scouts of America, $8,433.09; Paws Along the River Humane Society, $6,834.55; Warren Public Library, $6,671.67; The Salvation Army of Warren, $4,735.32; Warren County YMCA, $4,675; Bollinger Enterprises, $4,650.87; Russell United Methodist Church, $4,524.19; and First Presbyterian Church, $4,192.42.

The 2013 top 10 organizations by number of donors were Paws Along the River Humane Society, 89; Struthers Library Theatre, 83; Warren Public Library, 75; House of Hope of Warren County, 53; Hospice of Warren County, 53; Chief Cornplanter Council, Boy Scouts of America, 49; CASA of Warren and Forest Counties, 37; Bollinger Enterprises, 34; First Presbyterian Church, 34; Warren County YMCA, 33; and Warren Athletics Fund, 31.

For information on the online donation process and organizations participating, visit www.warrengives.org.