Give Local York brings in nearly $1.5M for over 200 nonprofits

Maria Yohn
York Dispatch
York Symphony Orchestra violinist Denise Dillenbeck performs for the Back in the USSR concert at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts Friday, May 4, 2018. The orchestra received 20 donations totaling $1,406 during Friday's inaugural Give Local York fundraising drive. Back in the USSR will feature music of Shostakovich and Prokofiev. The performance is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Appell Center. Single tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for students and are available online at and by calling 717-846-1111. Bill Kalina photo

Give Local York sailed past its $1 million fundraising goal seven hours early, and by the stroke of midnight on Friday, May 4, it finished with almost $1.5 million in donations.

A total of $1,479,262 was raised during the 24-hour event from 9,404 gifts, according to the Give Local York website.

Several nonprofit organizations received more than $50,000 in donations.

Positive Energy Arts, which offers dance training to underserved students and communities, was a clear winner during the event, receiving $126,885 from only 15 donations.

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No other organization came close to that amount, but second in line was the Katallasso Family Center, which received $56,885. Human Life Services received $55,232 in donations, and York Academy Regional Charter School received $56,110.

For a full list of participating organizations, how many donations they received and the total donation amount, check out the leaderboard at

Meagan Feeser, Give Local York organizer,  speaks during a news conference announcing the launch of Give Local York at PeoplesBank Park on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. The event is a 24-hour fundraising event scheduled for May 4, 2018, to benefit nonprofit organizations. Give Local York is headed by the nonprofit York Federal Fellows Alumni. The fundraising goal for the daylong event is $1 million. An information session will be held Dec. 13 at DreamWrights Center for Community Arts. Bill Kalina photo