'Great source of pride': Give Local York surpasses 2020's donation total

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
Give Local York on First Friday in downtown York City, Friday, May 7, 2021. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Give Local York held another successful year of philanthropy in the name of helping York County's nonprofits, topping last year's total by over $200,000.

On Friday, Give Local York raised $3.7 million from 11,086 unique donors, according to its website. 

"It's always a great source of pride to live in a community that shows up in this way," said Jenny Englerth, chair of the White Rose Leadership Institute, which sponsored Give Local York this year. "As we started to move into the evening, to realize that we would exceed the 11,000-donor goal was a really exciting point."

The hybrid event model included a real-time dashboard through which individuals could check out the donation leaderboards, most recent gift donations and profiles with each of the 300 participating nonprofits, according to event organizer Meagan Given.

The Appell Center for the Performing Arts promotes the Give Local York one day fundraising event during First Friday in downtown York City, Friday, May 7, 2021. Dawn J. Sagert photo

In addition, Give Local York hosted an in-person event at PeoplesBank Park on Friday. The event was open only to the nonprofit organizations, Give Local volunteers and event sponsors.

Englerth, who attended Friday's in-person event, said even the rainy weather couldn't put a damper on the spirits of those who attended.

Additionally, livestream viewers remained an active asset to bolster Give Local York's energy throughout the 24-hour duration.

"People continued to participate wherever they were," Englerth said. "We had a lot of great virtual interaction."

This was the fourth year for the event. Last year, Give Local York raised $3.5 million from a total of 11,101 donors. 

Give Local York is an annual fundraiser that provides nonprofits with the platform to showcase what they do. Over a period of 24 hours, people can learn about each organization and donate. The organization also provides a pool of matching donations as well as a variety of prizes and incentives for the nonprofits and donors.

Human Life Services, a nonprofit that assists pregnant women and families with financial support and mental health counseling, raised the most this year at $115,715.52, with 279 unique donors.

With all of the different aspects of Give Local York, Englerth said she wanted to emphasize the importance of the participating nonprofits.

"I also want to thank the nonprofits who are the engine of this work," she added. "It's just gratitude to that group as well."

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.