The Western Kansas Community Foundation raised more than $100,000 during its inaugural Match Day donation drive for 15 Finney County nonprofits on Tuesday.
The WKCF reported that about $111,171 was raised by 280 donors for 15 Finney County nonprofit organizations. Combined with the $50,000 match pool sourced from contributing sponsors in advance of the drive, as well as $2,050 in prize grants, the total amount distributed to local nonprofit charities was roughly $163,221.
“Match Day is offered as an extra incentive to annual giving by the Western Kansas Community Foundation,” said Conny Bogaard, WKCF executive director. “We are extremely impressed by the outpour of charitable giving.”
Funding partners that included Brookover Land Enterprises, Luther and Ardis Fry, Eric and Jena Fry, Lee and Brenda Reeve, High Plains Orthodontics, The Commerce Bank, and Western State Bank made the $50,000 match pool possible.
Without including prize grants, the following amounts represent the total donations made to each organization, along with dollars matched from the $50,000 match pool: Emmaus House, $10,663.93; Finney County Community Health Coalition, $333.25; Finney County Historical Society, $4,321.77; Finney County Humane Society, $17,389.61; Finney County Public Library, $3,206.15; Finney County United Way, $21,760.06; Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo, $7,748; Garden City Arts, $2,830.03; Garden City Family YMCA, $50,059.28; High Plains Public Radio, $6,498.33; Miles of Smiles, $10,987.02; Russell Child Development Center, $7,545.71; St. Catherine Hospital’s Benincasa Hospitality House, $5,850.11; Community Betterment Fund, $947.73; and Women of Purpose Fund, $11,029.89.
The Garden City Family YMCA will receive an additional $500, raising their donation total to $50,559.28; Finney County United Way will receive an additional $250, raising their donation total to $22,010.06; and Finney County Humane Society will receive an additional $100, raising their donation total to $17,489.61. Those additions reflect the grant prizes for organizations that received the most donations.
The success of the Match Day donation drive represents a big win for WKCF, which has been engaged in efforts to increase awareness of its services. The organization bills itself as a regional hub for philanthropy that connects individual donors to causes they care about by using the power of collective giving to address the region’s greatest challenges.
“Garden City has truly welcomed the concept of Match Day, and we are grateful for our generous community that cares deeply about supporting the important work of our local charities,” said Kathy Diehl, WKCF board chair. “The spirit of philanthropy is strong in our community, and collectively we have increased awareness for the important work that these organizations are doing. We appreciate the collaborative effort of many donors, funders, sponsors, volunteers and the participating organizations that have made this event possible”
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