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3rd annual NEPA Gives raises over $1.1 million for 212 local nonprofits in one day

3rd annual NEPA Gives raises over $1.1 million for 212 local nonprofits in one day
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From a press release:

In just 24 hours, over 225 local nonprofit organizations worked together across seven counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania to collectively raise a total of $1,119,661 during the third annual NEPA Gives event on Friday, June 3.

Promoted as the single largest day of philanthropy in Northeastern Pennsylvania, NEPA Gives was hosted by 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, to raise awareness about the critical work nonprofit organizations carry out across the region and to help charitable organizations raise much-needed funds.

Adding to the excitement, the Scranton Area Community Foundation also hosted a free, in-person NEPA Gives “Give Gathering” that was held outside of the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center to coincide with First Friday Scranton. The Give Gathering included live entertainment by the local cover band Light Weight, giveaways, real-time and live-streamed updates on NEPA Gives, and opportunities for supporters to meet dozens of the participating nonprofits.

Over 5,149 donors generously supported NEPA Gives, along with numerous sponsors, including Coterra, Hawk Family Foundation, Moses Taylor Foundation, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Neighborly, Discover NEPA, Cumulus Media, Shamrock Communications, Schwartz Mack Foundation, Fidelity Bank, Women in Philanthropy, the NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative, the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, and many others.

212 nonprofit organizations from across seven counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania received donations in the 24-hour fundraising event, including Equines for Freedom, the Everhart Museum, Countryside Conservancy, NeighborWorks, and the Diocese of Scranton. To celebrate this historical day, both Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti and Wilkes-Barre Mayor George Brown made official proclamations declaring June 3, 2022 as NEPA Gives Day.

To keep the momentum going, hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes and matching incentives were awarded to participating nonprofits for notable achievements, all sponsored by generous businesses, foundations, and donors across the region.

“We look forward to NEPA Gives because it really puts the fun in fundraising, not only for us but for our donors who show up in force and get excited watching the results all day,” said Sandra Snyder, director of foundation relations and special events at the Diocese of Scranton.

“Our donors love seeing the Diocese win bonus prizes during NEPA Gives and feeling like they are part of something larger than themselves,” she continued.

“We are especially grateful to the Scranton Area Community Foundation and all the foundations and sponsors who make the bonuses available during NEPA Gives. They really help us motivate our donors and have a huge impact on our programming capacity.”

“This year, we were grateful we had the opportunity to gather outside in downtown Scranton to celebrate NEPA Gives and highlight the good work of the many participating nonprofits taking part in NEPA Gives,” added Laura Ducceschi, president and CEO of the Scranton Area Community Foundation.

“The energy of the event was incredible as hundreds of supporters stopped by throughout the evening to enjoy the live entertainment and support their favorite charities.”

Last year, NEPA Gives raised over $1.2 million for 218 nonprofit organizations.

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

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