Today is Erie Gives Day, a day non-profits look forward to all year. It is a 12 hour online giving campaign.
Erie Gives is in its 7th year, and each year the number of non-profits grow as well as the donations.
What started out as a small fundraiser to promote philanthropy in the younger generation has grown into a multi-million dollar fundraiser. Today, from 8am to 8pm, more than 345 local non-profits (that’s 50 more than last year) will have the opportunity to receive online donations and a prorated share of $315,000 in a matching pool from the Erie Community Foundation.
In 2011, more than $774,000 was donated to 212 charities by about 2,770 donors last year, with $3.4 million raised.
Mike Batchelor, President of the Erie Community Foundation, is eager to see what the day may bring. “We hear stories from non-profits every year what they are doing to promote Erie Gives so we shall see… We don’t know if it’s the tip of the iceberg or if there is so much more to be raised; we just never know and that is what makes it fun”.
Batchelor says they do survey the non-profits each year to make sure Erie Gives is still serving its purpose and that is to encourage new, younger donors to take advantage of Social Media. “It wouldn’t be fulfilling its purpose if it wasn’t spreading the base and getting newer and younger donors and every year they tell us that is happening so as long as they are excited we will keep going”.
Donate at www.eriegives.org