Special day of giving Nov. 30

By on November 20, 2012

The Lancaster County Community Foundation announces the Extraordinary Give, a 24-hour online giving marathon coming to Lancaster Nov. 30 from midnight to 11:59 p.m. On that day, individuals will be able to visit ExtraGive.org from a computer, smart phone or tablet device, choose from nearly 200 local organizations and make an online donation. Every donation on that day will be stretched with a $250,000 contribution from the Lancaster County Community Foundation plus $50,000 in additional prizes.

The goal of the Extraordinary Give is to inspire "extra" giving and support for the 190 registered community benefit (nonprofit) organizations that serve Lancaster County. The Community Foundation strengthens the local community benefit sector and helps people support causes they care about. The Extraordinary Give offers each organization the chance to raise additional dollars and receive a percentage of the total "stretch pool." For example: if an organization receives 3 percent of the total donations raised Nov. 30, that organization will receive 3 percent of the stretch pool.

Inspired by a nationwide philanthropic trend in online "give days," event participation was open to any registered charitable organization that serves Lancaster County. Participating organizations include a wide range of causes across the county including nonprofits that support education, basic needs, health care, the environment, agriculture, youth, animals, community development and the arts.

"We are thrilled to introduce the Extraordinary Give to Lancaster County," said Sam Bressi, CEO of the Community Foundation. "Providing an online giving platform that benefits the entire county is one way that we can bring innovative new energy to the community benefit sector and create a community rallying point for giving back."

In support of the online campaign, the Community Foundation will host a 24-Hour Extraordinary Giving Lounge at the Ware Center Nov. 30. The Giving Lounge will be open to the community and create excitement around giving in a dynamic lounge environment with giving kiosks, live performances, donor photo stations and a running total of donations made to the Extraordinary Give. Several participating organizations are also hosting special events and giving stations across Lancaster County.

A full list of participating organizations in the Extraordinary Give can be found at: lancfound.org/extraordinary-give-participating-organizations/.

The Ware Center is located at 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster. More GIVING, page A6

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