Pittsburgh’s Day of Giving


Pittsburgh’s Day of Giving pumps
$3.3 million into local nonprofits
PITTSBURGH, Pa., October 14, 2010 -- In an unprecedented outpouring of support for the region’s charities, The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Day of Giving yesterday pumped more than $3.3 million into local nonprofit organizations.
An astounding 7,000-plus individual contributions were received over a 24-hour period – midnight to midnight yesterday – on the Foundation’s PittsburghGives on-line giving and research portal. Gifts ranged from the $25 minimum to $10,000 and more, the biggest being a donation of $49,000.
Public contributions at midnight last night reached more than $2.8 million, which receive an equal share of the matching funds of $500,000 provided by The Pittsburgh Foundation, the Foundation’s Jack Buncher Charitable Trust and an anonymous donor, together with other local funding partners, including The Heinz Endowments, and the Buhl, Benedum and Grable foundations.
All data is preliminary and is subject to financial and administrative reconciliations by Foundation staff, which is expected to be completed by early next week.
“First we congratulate this great city on what is truly a magnificent achievement,” said Grant Oliphant, The Pittsburgh Foundation’s President and CEO. “This is an outstanding success, way beyond our hopes and expectations, and I am staggered not only by the amount of money raised, but by the number of individuals who stepped up to support our nonprofit community.”
The Day of Giving follows the Foundation’s Match Day last year when nearly $1.5 million was raised for local charities by approximately 900 individual contributions, of which $1 million was received within 23 minutes of the start of the event in a ‘race’ to qualify for matching funds.
The Foundation undertook a major restructuring of the event for this year’s Day of Giving, increasing the amount of matching funds, extending to 24 hours the opportunity for donors to qualify for matching dollars, improving technology on the PittsburghGives site and by lowering credit card fees from 5 percent to 1.85 percent.
            “Our main objectives were to encourage engagement and support for our region’s nonprofit organizations and to promote individual charitable giving in our community,” said Grant Oliphant. “The results speak for themselves, and once again Pittsburghers have demonstrated what they are best at: caring for others and supporting the many causes that make our city great.”
The PittsburghGives platform serves as a unique vehicle for nonprofits to showcase their work in the community, detailing information about their charitable programs, missions, management and finances. More than 400 of the 434 local nonprofits with completed profiles on the site received contributions in yesterday’s Day of Giving.
PittsburghGives can be accessed at www.pittsburghgives.org. The site received more than 20,000 ‘hits’ during yesterday’s Day of Giving.
For further information contact:
John Ellis
Vice President of Communications
The Pittsburgh Foundation