'Raise the Region' expected bigger, better in 2014
WILLIAMSPORT - An online fund raising event that raised over $834,900 for nonprofit organizations in a six-county area last year will return bigger and better in 2014.
The First Community Foundation Partnership (FCFP) of Pennsylvania will once again present its Raise The Region campaign as a two-day event this year, starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 and ending at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 13.
The event is being conducted by the Williamsport organization, in partnership with the Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships, who donated $125,000 which will be used to stretch every donation made to pre-registered organizations.
"The Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships are proud to be a part of this regional fund raiser for the second year," Adam Alexander said in a news release. "Raise the Region gives us the opportunity to support a variety of local nonprofits by providing a percentage match on gifts."
"We are excited to host this regional event that aligns closely with the mission of the foundation and the work of our grant making and fund raising efforts," said Erin Ruhl, FCFP director of community relations.
Additional monetary prizes and incentives will be awarded to organizations throughout the event.
Glenn Smith, FCFP director of strategic philanthropy, said that as of Friday morning, 80 organizations have signed up.
"The best part about the event is that there is no limit," Smith said, "Once an organization is registered, its up to them to get to work to drum up support for their cause. It not only helps organizations raise funds, but gives them the opportunity to raise awareness for their organization and cause."
Last year, two local organizations, Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Inc. and the Northumberland County Council for the Arts and Humanities, participated. CSO, Inc. raised $9,391 during in 2013, while The Arts Council raised $4,205 in donations, but also earned a $1,000 incentive prize in a random drawing.
Participation is open to all 501c3 organizations serving residents in Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties. Beginning at 6 p.m. March 12, the public is encouraged to visit www.raisetheregion.org and donate to the participating organizations. Donations, a minimum of $25, received will be stretched by the matching contribution from the Alexander dealerships and qualify them or monetary prizes. All gifts are tax deductible. All donations will be paid to the chosen charity net of credit card transaction and processing fees, estimated at 2.99 percent each, and a two percent gift to the Community Foundation to provide for the costs of the match day event and support the mission of the organization.
"Raise the Region provides FCFP the opportunity to show the benefits of working as a regional community foundation focused on strengthening area nonprofits through collaboration and leadership," Ruhl said. "Raising awareness for the many great nonprofits across the region and increasing the sense of community among donors across county lines are our primary goals."
For more information about registering to be a participant, visit http://raisetheregion.com/application.