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225+ local nonprofits fundraise during 24-hour NEPA Gives event online and in Scranton on June 3

225+ local nonprofits fundraise during 24-hour NEPA Gives event online and in Scranton on June 3
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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, Carbon County Community Foundation, Posture Interactive, and other community sponsors, will host the third annual NEPA Gives event this Friday, June 3.

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

NEPA Gives aims to raise awareness about the critical work nonprofit organizations carry out across the region and works to help charitable organizations raise much-needed funds. Over 225 nonprofit organizations from across seven counties will participate in NEPA Gives this year.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars in matching funds and prizes have been secured, provided by various community partners, businesses, and sponsors that make donations to participating nonprofits stretch even further.

Adding to the excitement, the Scranton Area Community Foundation is also hosting an in-person NEPA Gives “Give Gathering” at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center (100 Adams Ave., Scranton) from 3 p.m.-8 p.m. on June 3 to coincide with First Friday Scranton. The Give Gathering will include live entertainment, giveaways, real-time and live-streamed updates on NEPA Gives, and opportunities for the general public to meet many of the participating nonprofits. This new event is free to attend.

To celebrate this historical and monumental giving day, both Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti and Wilkes-Barre Mayor George Brown have made official proclamations declaring June 3 as NEPA Gives Day.

“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 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 hundreds of thousands of dollars in incentives, bonuses, and matching funds available to participating nonprofits, which helps make charitable donations go further during NEPA Gives. This year, we are looking forward to gathering in person in Scranton to celebrate the momentum of NEPA Gives and highlight the good work of the many participating nonprofits taking part in NEPA Gives.”

Members of the community wishing to make a contribution for NEPA Gives can visit any time between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on June 3 to make a secure donation to any of the 225+ participating nonprofit organizations.

Last year, NEPA Gives raised over $1.2 million for 218 nonprofit organizations in just one day.

To learn more about the #NEPAGives campaign, visit or contact Brittany Pagnotti, communications manager of the Scranton Area Community Foundation, at 570-347-6203.

The Scranton Area Community Foundation is on a mission to enhance the quality of life for all people in NEPA through the development of organized philanthropy. With $97 million in assets under management and more than 260 charitable funds, the foundation has served as a steward, grantmaker, charitable resource, and catalyst for change since 1954. It leads various initiatives, including Women in Philanthropy, the Center for Community Leadership and Nonprofit Excellence, NEPA Moves, and the NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative. Additionally, it hosts and facilitates NEPA Gives and the NEPA Learning Conference.

The Scranton Area Community Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit, tax-exempt organization confirmed in compliance with National Standards of U.S. Community Foundations. More information can be found at