In 24 hours on Friday, Give Local York raised more than $1 million for over 200 nonprofits throughout York County.
Though organizers were still counting donations on Sunday, the event had raised $1,479,262 through 9,404 gifts so far, said Meagan Feeser, the event’s coordinator.
“When all is said and done, we hope to reach the $1.5 million mark,” she said. “It’s still pretty overwhelming, the generosity.”
Even though Give Local York used the Lancaster County Community Foundation’s annual Extraordinary Give as a model, Give Local York utilized an avenue that the Lancaster-based event does not: offline giving.
The daylong fundraiser initially was slated to be only an online event, but based on feedback, organizers decided to accept donations offline as well. Feeser said that because the offline aspect wasn’t part of the initial plan, checks and cash donations had to be manually entered, which is why the total could fluctuate. It did create a bit of a challenge, Feeser said. Next year, she hopes to have that process a little more streamlined.
Feeser predicts that next year’s donations and participation will be even greater. Many nonprofits have told her that being able to collaborate or meet fellow organizations where their missions aligned or were in proximity geographically was invaluable.
Give Local York generated a slew of new donors for many nonprofits, she said.
Feeser said she will be surveying the participating nonprofits in the days ahead and requesting their feedback for next year’s Give Local York.
“I’m excited to see where this will go next,” she said.