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175 local nonprofit organizations raising funds during first NEPA Gives day on June 5

175 local nonprofit organizations raising funds during first NEPA Gives day on June 5
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From a press release:

The Scranton Area Community Foundation, in partnership with the Luzerne Foundation, Greater Pike Community Foundation, Wayne County Community Foundation, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Nonprofit & Community Assistance Center, and other community sponsors, will host NEPA Gives this Friday, June 5.

Promoted as the single largest day of philanthropy in Northeastern Pennsylvania, NEPA Gives is a one-day, 24-hour online giving extravaganza that’s all about giving back to the community.

NEPA Gives aims to raise awareness about the critical work nonprofit organizations carry out across the region by helping charitable organizations raise much-needed funds, especially during these challenging times. 175 nonprofit organizations from across seven counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania will participate in NEPA Gives on Friday.

“NEPA Gives is all about supporting charities that are doing important work right here in Northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Laura Ducceschi, president and CEO of the Scranton Area Community Foundation.

“We know that during these challenging times, nonprofits need our support, especially now. We have teamed up with various community partners and businesses eager to provide support for NEPA Gives, and we are thrilled to announce that we have secured over $200,000 in incentives, bonuses, and matching funds available to participating nonprofits, which helps make charitable donations go further during NEPA Gives.”

Members of the community wishing to make a contribution for NEPA Gives can visit nepagives.org any time between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 5 to make a secure donation to any of the 175 participating nonprofit organizations.

Additionally, the Scranton Area Community Foundation has partnered with Electric City Television to produce “Respond, Thrive, Recover,” an NEPA Gives video production scheduled to air from noon to midnight on ECTV, found on Comcast Channel 19, as well as ECTV’s YouTube channel. Highlighting the critical work of charities responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, this video production will include special messages of support and hope from community leaders, including the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, and entertainers like the Doug Smith Orchestra and Broadway star Judy McLane.

This is the first year for NEPA Gives. Last year, the Scranton Area Community Foundation hosted NEPA Match Day, which raised over $234,000 for 30 nonprofit organizations.

Offline donations are also accepted by checks made payable to the Scranton Area Foundation, indicating “NEPA Gives” in the memo and mailed to the Scranton Area Community Foundation, 615 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 102, Scranton, PA 18510. Offline donations to the Scranton Area Foundation via check will be split evenly among all participating nonprofits. Donors wishing to contribute to a specific nonprofit organization offline should contact the specific participating nonprofit for further instructions. The Scranton Area Community Foundation is not able to accept offline donations to specific organizations for NEPA Gives.

To learn more about the #NEPAGives campaign, visit nepagives.org.

The Scranton Area Community Foundation is on a mission to enhance the quality of life for all people in Northeastern Pennsylvania through the development of organized philanthropy. With assets of more than $40 million and more than 200 charitable funds, the Scranton Area Community Foundation distributed over $2 million in grants and scholarships in 2019. Additionally, through its foundation management services offered to other private and public foundations, the Scranton Area Community Foundation manages assets of more than $31 million and distributed an additional $1.2 million in grants and scholarships in 2019 through assets under management.

As a public 501c3 community foundation, the Scranton Area Community Foundation serves as a steward, a grantmaker, a charitable resource, and a catalyst for change. The Scranton Area Community Foundation leads various initiatives, including Women in Philanthropy, the Center for Community Leadership and Nonprofit Excellence, NEPA Moves, and the NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative.

More information about the Scranton Area Community Foundation can be found at safdn.org.