Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
The Scioto Foundation hosted a special celebration Thursday evening to announce the final results of their Scioto Gives fundraiser. According to the Foundation, they raised $38,513 in only 12 hours for 16 participating non-profits. The Foundation also matched with an additional $20,000.
“I never anticipated that Scioto Gives would be such an amazing event! I haven’t had that much fun in years. Scioto Gives in the form of an equation would be: Teamwork + timing + generosity = success,” said Kim Cutlip, executive director of the Scioto Foundation.
The Foundation announced its campaign in August, to establish a new partnership between local non-profit organizations (NPOs) and the Scioto Foundation as it assists the nonprofits with their annual membership drives and helps smaller, grass roots NPOs accept online gifts. To implement the new idea, the Scioto Foundation set aside $20,000 to use as matching money. Contributions from donors were received on the Scioto Foundation website and in their office from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 24.
Donors were invited to select their charity and the amount they wish to donate. Participating non-profits were the Southern Ohio Museum, Sierra’s Haven, Community Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program, Portsmouth Area Arts Council, Boy Scouts of America, Friends of the Homeless Shelter, the Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association, The Counseling Center, Southern Ohio Medical Center, Friends of Scioto Developmental Disabilities, United Way of Scioto County, Shawnee Mental Health, the Steven A. Hunter Hope Fund, the UCAN program, the 1810 House, and the Ohio Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.
By the time the Scioto Gives fundraiser had ended, the Foundation had collected a total of $38,513 in only 12 hours. The Foundation then added its $20,000 matching commitment, to bring the final bank to $58,513.
Topping the list with the most donations was the Friends of the Homeless Shelter ($7,350 donations plus $3,809 matching for a total of $11,159), the UCAN program ($5,890 donations plus $3,052 matching for a total of $8,942), Sierra’s Haven ($5,175 donations plus $2,682 matching for a total of $7,857), The Counseling Center ($4,815 donations plus $2,495 matching for a total of $7,310), and the Portsmouth Area Arts Council ($4,104 donations plus $2,127 matching for a total of $6,231).
“It was an awesome pleasure just to be invited to participate. We thank God for the opportunity. We are elated at the outcome and we want to thank those that were pleasant to us. God bless you for caring and sharing,” said Maureen Cadogan, from the Friends of the Homeless Shelter.
According to the Scioto Foundation, The Counseling Center placed fourth, but received the most number of donations at 47.
“The Scioto Foundation staff first started working on the Scioto Gives program last November, and it is really exciting to see successful results from this new idea. We applaud all the nonprofit organizations who participated and hope they will plan to take part in Scioto Gives again next year,” said Scioto Foundation Staff Writer Kay Bouyack.
Cutlip said the Foundation will return for another Scioto Gives campaign next year in October, and the matching funds will be increased to $25,000.
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