December 29, 2022
EIGHTY FOUR, PA – The Washington County Community Foundation (WCCF) announced today that the Washington County Gay Straight Alliance has been named the winner of its inaugural “Get Your Board on Board Challenge" for WCCF Gives charities. This honor includes a $5,000 grant from the WCCF’s Acorn Fund.
The Foundation developed the challenge to emphasize the importance of active and engaged charity boards as well as to help the participants of its annual WCCF Gives community-wide day of giving to maximize the fundraising benefits of the event.
To be eligible for the “Get Your Board on Board” drawing, Gives charities were required to register the names of their board members with the Foundation then secure a gift from each of those board members through WCCF Gives. After the day of giving, the Foundation cross-referenced the board list against the Gives donor list to determine each charity’s board participation percentage. The charities with 100-percent board participation were then entered into a drawing for the $5,000 grant.
Twelve of the 35 charities participating in the “Get Your Board on Board” Challenge recorded 100-percent giving from their boards. They include: the Bradford House Historical Association, Charleroi Area Public Library, Heritage Public Library, Leadership Washington County, Monongahela Area Library, Monongahela Main Street Program, National Duncan Glass Society, Pet Search, Venetia Heritage Society, Washington Area Humane Society, Washington Communities Human Services (currently rebranding as Healing Bridges), and Washington County Gay Straight Alliance.
“WCCF Gives provides the participating charities with a fantastic opportunity to reach wider audiences and experience increased visibility, but the best opportunities for financial support typically generate from those closest to the organization. Board participation is an important metric, and the charities that were able to secure 100-percent giving from their boards are truly to be commended,” remarked WCCF President & CEO Betsie Trew. “We look forward to hosting the ‘Get Your Board on Board Challenge’ again in 2023, and the Foundation will continue to explore other creative ways to help our charities make the most of all that WCCF Gives has to offer.”
For donors (or board members) who have not yet supported their favorite charities in 2022, there is still time to give. Many charities offer online giving through their websites, or you can also contact the charity directly to discuss giving options that can be employed in the time that remains.
To learn more about WCCF Gives, visit www.wccfgives.org.