September 14, 2017
The Washington County Community Foundation (WCCF) has released the preliminary results of WCCF Gives, Washington County’s annual community-wide day of giving held on September 12, 2017. This year’s event set a new record for total contributions at $713,088, and a new record for the number of donors at 2,394. When combined with the WCCF’s $100,000 bonus pool, WCCF Gives will result in grant checks to participating charities of $813,088!
“We are amazed by the generosity of this community!” said Betsie Trew, President & CEO. “The final result of WCCF Gives 2017 illustrates that this community values the services provided by our local charities, and also illustrates that our charities are working hard to educate prospective donors about their services which improve the quality of life in our community.”
The 20% increase in the number of donors over last year was likely due to a new incentive the WCCF developed this year to encourage charities to increase their number of donors. Charities who reached their targeted percentage increase, based upon their number of donors in 2016, were entered into a random computerized drawing to win one of three $1,000 unrestricted grants from the Foundation’s Acorn Fund. The winners of that drawing are Little Lake Theatre, Pennsylvania Trolley Museum and the Washington Area Humane Society.
The charity with the highest percentage increase in the number of donors at 313% was The Pennsylvania State University Washington County 4-H Forever Endowment which increased from 8 donors to 33 donors, followed by the Charleroi Area School District Education Foundation which went from 18 donors to 57 donors, for an increase of 217%. Approximately 25% of the participating charities increased their number of donors by at least 50%.
As a group, Human Service organizations received the largest percentage of the total contributed at 43%. The Washington City Mission received the highest amount of all the Human Service organizations, as well as all charities, with $121,000. Coming in second as a group were Arts and Humanities organizations, which received 18% of the total. The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum received $47,066, the highest amount of all Arts and Humanities organizations, and the second highest of all organizations. Coming in third as a group were Education organizations at 12% of the total, led by the Literacy Council of Southwestern Pennsylvania with $18,785. Environment and Animal Welfare organizations received 10% of the total, and Health and Fitness organizations received 8%.
Foundation donors have expressed their appreciation for the day of giving, which enables them to support their favorite charities with one transaction, either by credit card or check. Donors contributing by credit card represented 47% of the total number of donors, and 32% of the total dollar amount. Donors contributing by check represented 53% of the total number of donors, and 68% of the total dollar amount.
Charities will receive one check from the Community Foundation for the total of their contributions and the appropriate portion of the bonus pool, along with a list of contributors. For individual charity amounts, please visit www.wccfgives.org.
“The day of giving has quickly become the Community Foundation’s signature event,” said Trew. “Since it was initiated in 2013, WCCF Gives has provided more than $3.3 million in grants to local charities. We are delighted to provide this highly efficient fundraising platform to help bring good people and good causes together in Washington County, and are already planning for next year’s day of giving which will be held on September 12, 2018.”
WCCF Gives was sponsored by ANSYS, Chapman Corporation, Washington Financial, Alex Paris Contracting, Observer-Reporter, Washington Auto Mall, and the WCCF Acorn Fund.
WCCF Gives – In just one day, Washington County made a difference!