WCCF Gives Sets New Record for Giving Days | Local News


The Washington County Community Foundation’s recent annual day of giving, WCCF Gives, set a new donation record with more than $ 1.4 million paid in online checks and gifts by credit card. Donations will be increased by the foundation’s $ 100,000 bonus pool, which will result in a record $ 1.5 million to support 110 various charities in Washington County.

“The Washington County community has once again shown its generous heart,” said Betsie Trew, President and CEO of WCCF. “Although this year was not as busy as last year in terms of donation expectations, there remained significant uncertainty about the lingering economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some local businesses and individuals are still struggling, and we weren’t sure what impact this would have on contributions. It is a testament to the spirit of generosity and resilience of our community that this year’s donations were 16% higher than last year, as 2,700 donors have chosen to give near their homes to support charities. charitable causes near them.

In addition to securing much-needed contributions for local charities, WCCF Gives creates enthusiasm and a sense of community.

Among those who reaped the rewards of the event was the Washington Area Humane Society. The agency achieved a significant increase in donations starting in 2013, when it raised approximately $ 8,000 from 71 donors. In 2021, he raised over $ 64,000 from over 300 donors.

“We have incorporated WCCF Gives into our fundraising plan, and we are making donors aware of the bonus pool and the opportunities for their money to grow that day,” said Kelly Proudit, executive director of The Humane Society. “By using direct mail, email and social media, we can get the word out to our donors in a strategic way that we believe has grown our donors to over 300.”

Another charity that has recognized the opportunity offered by the Giving Day and has taken steps to capitalize on that opportunity is the National Duncan Glass Society, which has seen its results increase by more than 2,900% since it started. started participating in WCCF Gives in 2014. In 2021 over 100 donors have contributed more than $ 57,000 to the charity. Because of its mission, the organization relies on contributions from across the country.

Thanks to the generosity of some of the foundation’s major donors, WCCF covers all costs related to WCCF Gives, including credit card fees and all other transaction fees.

In addition, a few local businesses make contributions each year to provide the bonus pool. The 2021 bonus pool sponsors are Chapman Corp., Washington Financial Charitable Foundation, Alex E. Paris Contracting, Washington Auto Mall and the WCCF Acorn Fund. The Observer-Rapporteur serves annually as an in-kind media sponsor, helping to educate the community on the opportunity to give.

To view the results of all the charities that participated in WCCF Gives 2021, visit www.wccfgives.org. WCCF Gives 2022 is scheduled for September 15, 2022.

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