Aug. 9 #ONEDAY online giving event will support critical community needs
Nonprofits to benefit from $532,000 in incentive funds and public donations
PITTSBURGH, July 6, 2022… Nonprofits that make up the safety net for essential human services in the region will get a significant boost Aug. 9, when the #ONEDAY Critical Needs Alert online giving campaign takes place at www.PittsburghGives.org. Every donation of $25 or more triggers additional funding from a $532,000 incentive pool provided by The Pittsburgh Foundation, its affiliate, The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County, and their donors.
“The #ONEDAY online giving event is a wonderful opportunity for our region’s residents to support their favorite organization and also attract additional dollars to meet critical community needs,” said Pittsburgh Foundation President and CEO Lisa Schroeder in announcing the giving event. “Every dollar raised will provide operating support directly to the nonprofits that have mobilized to help our community survive the pandemic and move toward recovery.”
Uplifting BIPOC-led and serving nonprofits: The #ONEDAY giving event will enable donors to support organizations led by and serving Black and Brown communities, which were hit hardest by the pandemic.
How incentive funds work: The #ONEDAY campaign will prorate payouts from the incentive pool based on the total raised by each organization. The goal is to encourage public giving over the full 16 hours of the Critical Needs Alert. While donors can give as much as they like, incentive funds will be capped at $1,000 per donor per organization to ensure that funds are distributed across as many organizations as possible. All funds raised go to the nonprofits and provide unrestricted operating support. Of the $532,000 incentive pool, $25,000 is earmarked for Westmoreland County charities.
The five priority areas for this year’s Critical Needs Alert are:
- Child Care - Programs providing child care for infants and children up to age 6. (Those that provide only before- or after-school programming do not qualify.)
- Employment - Organizations providing employment-related services such job readiness, job placement or job retention programs; training or education explicitly related to employment; and support services such as transportation, tools or clothing to enable individuals to work.
- Eviction Prevention and Housing - Organizations that provide direct shelter to individuals and families in crisis. Also includes organizations that provide financial assistance, landlord-tenant mediation and other related services that assist individuals and families to stay safely in their homes.
- Food and Nutrition - Organizations such as food pantries, food banks and soup kitchens that provide food to those who don’t have the ability to meet daily needs.
- Physical and Mental Healthcare - Organizations providing clinical physical and mental health care. This includes health care supplies and staffing needs.
Nonprofit organizations wishing to participate in the #ONEDAY giving event must establish or update their PittsburghGives.org profile and submit it for approval no later than Aug. 2. Organizations new to the program may contact Emily Magill for assistance in starting a profile.
The Foundation’s previous nine Critical Needs Alerts have raised a total of $9.7 million, including incentive funds, to support essential services, including food, housing, child care, mental and physical health care, and transportation.
An additional $794,000 was raised for the #LoveIsStronger, which benefited eight organizations following the Tree of Life shooting in November of 2018.
Critical Needs Alert giving events align with the Foundation’s mission of improving the quality of life in the Pittsburgh region by evaluating and addressing community issues, promoting responsible philanthropy and connecting donors to the critical needs of the community.