January 22, 2020
Worcester Gives Raises $136K in Inaugural 24-hour Campaign

May 9, 2014 — More than 1,560 gifts totaling $136,882 were pledged to 151 nonprofits in Worcester county this week in connection with the inauguration of Worcester Gives, a 24-hour online giving campaign.

"This was an amazing opportunity for everyone in our community to contribute to the greater good," said Ann T. Lisi, president & CEO of Greater Worcester Community Foundation, a nonprofit that seeks to encourage personal philanthropy.

The fundraiser, held in in connection with the100th anniversary of the first community foundation in the country, started at midnight on May 6 and continued through 11:59 pm the same day. Nationally, community foundations around the country received more than 306,000 gifts and raised more than$53 million, with some raising millions of dollars and up to two dozen raising less than $100,000, according to a report in The NonProfit Times.

Worcester Gives worked with 85 community foundations across the United States that participated in the one-day event, sharing and solving communications and logistics issues, including jointly using the Kimbia software system to track donations.

The nonprofit garnering the most donated fund—$16,4775—was Bancroft School in Worcester, an independent, co-ed, college-preparatory day school.

The nonprofit garnering the most number of donations—155—was Doctor Franklin Perkins School in Lancaster, which provides educational programs and human services to meet family and community needs and enhance human development, totaling $11,035.

End-of-day cash prizes were awarded to large and smaller organizations receiving the largest number of donations, as well as those receiving the highest total dollars - $2,500 to first place winners and $1,000 to second place winners.

A complete listing of pledges is available at Worcester Gives.

Founded in 1975, Greater Worcester Community Foundation is a grant maker and a resource for philanthropy in Worcester County. Today it has assets of $124 million and in 2012 awarded $5.3 million in grants and scholarships.

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