On May 6, 2014, the Washington County Community Foundation is participating in Match Madness+, a national day of giving to celebrate the 100th anniversary of community foundations. For one day only, donors can make contributions to any of 11 local charitable endowed funds held at the Foundation and the donation will be matched by a local match pool of $5,000.
Matching grants will be distributed on a proportional basis. If total donations amount to more than $5,000, the matching percentage will decrease proportionally to ensure every donation made on May 6th is matched. Matching grants will be distributed in the form of a cash grant back to the charity or charity’s endowed fund.
Donations can be made three different ways—1) In person to a WCCF board member; 2) Online at www.matchmadness.net from 12:00 am-11:59 CST; or 3) Via USPS mail, postmarked on May 6. You select which charitable fund(s) to support. 100% of your donation, plus the matching dollars, will go to that charitable endowed fund. All donations are tax deductible.
Eligible Funds are the Buckshot & Christine Buchanan Fund; Columbus, Vera & Morris Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund; Clifton Community Fund; Friends of Hollenberg Station Fund; Hanover Community Fund; Keenen Jellison-Knock Fine Arts Scholarship Fund; KSDS Assistance Dogs Fund; Washington County Administrative Fund; Washington County Healthy Living Fund; Washington County Hospital Foundation Fund; and the Washington County Opportunity Fund.
“This is a great opportunity for everyone in our county to contribute to the greater good,” said Lori Huber, WCCF board president. “Every dollar will go further if you give on May 6.”
The community foundation is encouraging everyone in the community to be a philanthropist. “A lot of people think you have to be rich to give back, but even the smallest donation can make a big difference,” said Lori.
Other WCCF board members are Janet Elliott, A. J. Goeckel, Elizabeth Baskerville Hiltgen, Deb Kruse, Steve Pierson, Jim Scheetz, Karen Stewart, Mary Tate and Randall Wyatt.
Match Madness+ will also take place in other surrounding areas. The Greater Salina Community Foundation will host its third annual match day event and three of its other affiliates will also participate for the first time—the Community Foundation for Cloud County, the Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation and the Ottawa County Community Foundation.
Match Madness+ marks the centennial anniversary of community foundations in America. In 1914, the first community foundation was founded in Cleveland; now, 100 years later, there are more than 700 community foundations across America and more than 1,400 in the world. Washington County Community Foundation has played an active role in Washington County since 2009.