McPherson County Community Foundation's Match Day will be held on March 7 and nonprofit organizations are already setting their goals for this year's event.
"The whole purpose of Match Day is to help them to build their endowment funds," said MCCF President Becky Goss.
On Match Day, donors can support the nonprofit organizations of their choice and $40,000 in matching funds are award proportionally.
The event raised $121,362 last year. Each organization chose to either receive the money donated as a grant for immediate use, receive half as a grant and put half into an endowment or have all of the money added to their endowment.
"We participate in Match Day because it has helped increase our endowment fund in a way that would have taken much longer without it," said CASA Executive Director Sandra Bradley. "Our donors appreciate their dollars being stretched further and it helps increase support for our organization. It also helps to get our name out there and let people know who we are and what we do."
This year, MCCF is offering a new incentive for participating organizations — set a goal for donations and, if it is met fully, an additional $200 grant will be awarded.
Nonprofits making 90 percent of their goal will receive a $150 grant; if they meet 80 percent of their goal, they receive a $100 grant.
Several nonprofit organizations set goals to raise between $5,000 and $10,000 this year, Goss noted.
"They're taking it seriously, which is making me very happy," Goss said.
Two new nonprofits are joining the list of 26 organizations taking part in Match Day — McPherson Community Theatre and Omega Project.
MCCF makes it easy for donors wishing to contribute to more than one organization by having a form to fill out to designate what portion of a single check should be given to each nonprofit.
"We've got it down to a science to where a person comes in, fills out a form, and they can be in and out of there in ten minutes," Goss said. "They can go on our Facebook page; we'll be making live updates throughout the day."
Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 7 at MCCF, 206 S. Main St. in McPherson. Online donations will be accepted until midnight.
"The McPherson Public Library Endowment Fund enables us to provide enhanced library collections, services, and facilities for our community," said McPherson Public Library Director Steve Read."Match Day is a great opportunity for not only raising funds for the endowment, but raising community awareness of it as well. We're very happy to be a part of Match Day each year."
"McPherson Housing Coalition participates in match day to build our endowment," said MHC Director Chris Goodson. "Through these funds, we can safeguard families who face homelessness and housing instability."
For more information about McPherson County Community Foundation and Match Day, visit http://www.mcphersonfoundation.org/calendar/
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