First-ever 24-hour fundraiser in York County aims to bring together nonprofits, community
York County nonprofit leaders emphasized the unity and engagement components of the inaugural Give Local York event during a press conference at PeoplesBank Park on Monday.
From midnight to 11:59 p.m. on May 4, 2018, Give Local York aims to raise $1 million for 200 nonprofits across York County, while celebrating the county's generosity and philanthropy.
According to Give Local York organizer Meagan Feeser, the $1 million goal is attainable, and she’s hopeful it will be exceeded.
Feeser was also encouraged by the $8.6 million raised during Lancaster County’s sixth annual 24-hour Extraordinary Give this past Friday.
The idea for Give Local York originated among the York Federal Fellows, a legacy created when York Federal Savings & Loan merged out of existence in 2000, said Bob Pullo, the former bank’s CEO and founder of the fellows program.
"Their purpose is...that we would come together as nonprofits, as executives in the community to strengthen our capacity as individual leaders and to strengthen the nonprofit environment of our community," Pullo said.
Feeser, Pullo and York Federal Fellows Alumni chairperson Jenny Englerth emphasized that Give Local York will be more than just a way to raise money for the roughly 1,200 nonprofit organizations in York County. The greater mission is to engage and instill pride in the entire community, across demographics and across causes.
"This isn’t about your biggest donors or your wealthiest people. This is about everyone having a chance to participate and chip in," said Englerth, who is also the CEO of York-based nonprofit Family First Health.
"We’re already a fairly generous community, but we want to make sure it stays that way, and events like this really help engage younger folks ... from school kids to young professionals just starting to think about how they’ll contribute to their community," Englerth said.
She added that Give Local York is based on existing successful giving days that have originated in the past decade around the country.
"This is really a grassroots effort" for nonprofits to make it happen for themselves, Englerth said.
There’s already been strong interest among potential sponsors and participating nonprofits since last week’s initial announcement, and organizers hope to announce some sponsors by the end of the year. Funds from sponsors will be pooled to stretch individual donations.
Between now and May 4, Feeser will work with participating nonprofits and communities around York County on marketing, engagement and storytelling efforts. During the event, nonprofits will have access to insights about donor information to extend the impact of the day and create lasting donor relationships.
The first information session for interested nonprofits will be held on Dec. 13 at the DreamWrights Center for Community Art.