Join us for Day of Giving on Oct. 3

By Grant Oliphant
President & CEO

The Day of Giving has become a firm fixture in the fundraising calendar for many local nonprofit organizations, and has become especially important during a period when other funding sources have diminished or disappeared altogether.

Indeed the enthusiastic participation of our region’s nonprofits is again highlighted by the record number taking part in The Pittsburgh Foundation’s fourth annual Day of Giving, to be hosted next week, on Wednesday, October 3, 2012.

More than 700 nonprofits in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties have completed or updated their profiles on the Foundation’s PittsburghGives on-line site to be eligible to receive donations that will qualify for a share of the match pool -- $750,000 for The Pittsburgh Foundation and over $80,000 for our sister organization, the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County (CFWC).

There is no doubt that our PittsburghGives program has provided much-needed support at a most critical time. But it is not only about the money raised from the event, although this in itself has been an invaluable source of funding for many or our charitable organizations. More importantly, nonprofits have used this platform successfully to attract new donors, creating broader and more sustainable on-going support. This has been our primary goal from the outset with the Day of Giving.

All contributions received during the 24-hour on-line event next week will receive equal pro-rated shares of the available matching funds, and this year we hope to raise more than the record $6.4 million in total contributions received in 2011.

In fact, last year was an outstanding milestone with a near doubling of money raised compared with 2010 ($3.3 million) and the number of individual contributions – 13,643 in 2011 compared with 7,778 the previous year.

The success of this event over the past three years has been due in major part to the enthusiastic participation of donors and growing members of the public – many of them newcomers to philanthropy – who have given generously to a vast array of nonprofit programs serving our community.

Thank you for using this event to make a huge difference to our local charitable programs, and we look forward to you joining us on-line on October 3.