Give Local York hits $1 million goal with hours remaining in massive fundraiser
Update: Organizers of Give Local York are reporting they have already reached their $1 million fundraising goal, with with seven hours yet to go in the massive community drive.
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Reported earlier: York County hopes to have the biggest day of giving in its history with a 24-hour program to raise $1 million for more than 200 nonprofits.
Starting 12:01 a.m. Friday, May 4, Give Local York will dedicate a full 24 hours for people to donate online at givelocalyork.org to an organization of their choice.
GLY is an effort by local nonprofit leaders to highlight what the county has to offer and bring the community together to take pride in where they live through outreach.
"This is all about building community," said Give Local York organizer Meagan Feeser.
It also challenges the idea of what it means to be a philanthropist, she said, noting that the donation minimum is $10 — which shows someone doesn't have to be rich to be part of a movement that will make a big impact.
Whether it's food, animal rights, education, health care, "anyone can be connected with a cause they are passionate about," she said.
It's also an opportunity to raise the bar for the entire nonprofit community in York County, Feeser said, because it's about getting to know organizations — many of them new, smaller nonprofits that might not yet have had the resources for online giving.
A nonprofit effort: Feeser said it's the nonprofits that are making the Big Give Day possible.
York Federal Fellows, a legacy of the York Federal Savings and Loan Foundation started by Bob Pullo and Bill Wolf, reached out to Feeser in the fall about creating a giving day for York County.
YFF is a fund through the York County Community Foundation and yearlong fellowship program for personal and professional development of nonprofit leaders, and it gained almost 60 nonprofit leaders as alumni in its 11 years.
They hired Feeser as a consultant to help organize and promote the event.
"Doing community events and bringing people together is what I do, so it was a good fit," said Feeser, a four-year veteran of Downtown Inc, which helps plan First Fridays and other events in York City.
In good company: "Giving days like this are not new," she said.
Many communities across the country recognize Give Local America Day — held the first Tuesday in May — by choosing a local day of giving one of the first two weekends of the month.
York County was inspired by Lancaster County's Extraordinary Give, a 24-hour giving day held in November, which last year raised $8.6 million.
In looking at what Lancaster did in the giving day's first year in 2012 — raising $1.7 million for about 200 nonprofits — GLY opted for a goal of $1 million for 212 organizations.
Donations will be boosted by a stretch pool of $100,000 that will be split proportionally between participating nonprofits based on what percentage of the total they collect by the end of the day.
Additionally, the Cultural Alliance will offer a $25,000 stretch pool for arts organizations, and United Way will do the same for its partner agencies.
Sponsors are also giving $10,000 in incentive prizes throughout the day.
A celebration: The day of giving is meant to be a celebration, Feeser said, so it was planned to coincide with First Friday.
"Give Day will be one huge party across York County," the Facebook event reads.
After 150 activities throughout the day, including free tours, breakfast with the mayor and meet-and-greets with the faces behind the charities, GLY will take over the monthly York City programming to host 50 nonprofits in the streets and a host of special activities.
First Friday goers can take part in tastings, a kids' Jedi training, live music, meeting a pig named Pumpkin, dance demos, jam sessions, a walking tour, a family movie, superhero appearances and a "historically epic" surprise from the York County History Center.
The city's Central Market will be command central for giving operations that day, culminating in a wrap party from 9 p.m. to midnight counting down to the final tally of the day's contributions.
It will be like New Year's Eve, with a balloon drop at midnight, Feeser said.
Pullo committed to three years with Give Local York, so later this summer, the team will evaluate its first year's success and begin planning for next year's Give Day.
"Hopefully (it's) just the start of an increase in philanthropy and charitable giving in York County," Feeser said.
Give Day: Events will kick off at 5 a.m. with early morning yoga from LifePath Christian Ministries and House of Yoga at Penn Market, 380 W. Market St., in York City.
After that, commuters can coordinate free breakfast with donations at many locations throughout the county, including the York Jewish Community Center, 2000 Hollywood Drive, in York Township; the Warehime-Meyers Mansion, 305 Baltimore St., in Hanover; Maple Shade Barn, 35 Greenbriar Lane, in Dillsburg; and Creative York, 10 N. Beaver St., in York City.
York City Mayor Michael Helfrich will be stopping for a free continental breakfast in Penn Market.
The community can meet the heads of local organizations over coffee and a bite as well.
DreamWrights, in York City, is hosting a Cup of Joe with Joe — a.k.a. Dr. Joseph Birli, the president and CEO of the Children's Home of York, at the center, 100 Carlisle Ave., in York City, and the Katallasso Family Health Center is having a meet-and-greet breakfast at the Out Door Country Club, 1157 Detwiler Drive, in Manchester Township.
Area businesses and restaurants will have deals for those who come through during Give Day, such as Tutoni's Restaurant, 108 N. George St., in York City, which will match the first $500 in donations from 8-10 a.m. with gift certificates and donate half the proceeds from Give Local York cocktails purchased between 7 and 9 p.m.
The day will feature a variety of activities including performances, tours and exercise classes and some fun participation events including Golden Connections Community Center's lip sync battle, at 20 Gotham Place, in York Township.
Some organizations are also taking the opportunity to raise awareness.
The YWCA, 320 E. Market St., in York City will have a pledge to eliminate racism on display in its lobby for visitors to sign, and the city's Valley Youth House, 137 W. Market St., has a pop-up event to raise awareness for youth homelessness and its ties to couch surfing.
The county will also have many collection sites and hubs to make donations, and libraries will provide programming throughout the day.
Student giving: Students are getting in on the action, too.
The York Academy Regional Charter School, 32 W. North St., in York City, is making giving fun with "What Goes Up, Must Come Down!" — in which students collect coins to determine which staff member sleeps on the roof Thursday night.
York College student organizations are teaming up with local nonprofits for Yor Thon, noon to 10 p.m., at Marketview Arts, 35 W. Philadelphia St., the college's fine arts hub in York City, and Dallastown Elementary School students are participating in simulated workday experiences at the city's Junior Achievement Biztown, 610 S. George St.
Some events require an RSVP, so for a full list of events and details, visit the Give Local York Big Give Day event page on Facebook.