The second annual McPherson County Community Foundation can safely be considered a success. Between 7 am and 6 pm, 365 donors contributed a minimum of $25 to help one or more of the 23 participating organizations leverage $40,000 in match and $5250 in prize incentives for number of donors throughout the day.
All donations were placed in the organizations endowment fund administered by the Foundation. An endowment is invested for the purpose of producing present and future income for distribution to a named organization or donor designated annually. An organizational endowment, such as for the Match Day participants, provides a permanent income source to be used for operating, programming or special projects as determined by the organization’s board.
The match was granted to qualified organizations based on the proportional amount raised for each fund throughout the day. For example, if one organization raised 10% of the overall pool, it would receive 10% of the available match. Funds were made possible by a grant from the unrestricted Community Fund and a private donor. The unrestricted fund allows the Foundation to make grants addressing current and emerging needs with proactive grant making since donors do not place grant or use restrictions on the fund.
Each organization was given marketing material including posters, insert cards, donor letters and flyers to promote the day. The response was overwhelming and donors demonstrated they are willing to support gifts centered on building strong endowments to secure an organization’s future.
2015 Match Day results
PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATION AND TOTAL RECEIVED
Circles of McPherson County — $11,651.46
Community Thanksgiving/Christmas Dinner — $4,219.38
McPherson County Supports Scouts — $4,225.59
Meals on Wheels — $6,406.17
MHS Band — $15,141.94
Mac Care Packs — $508.81
MCDS – Path to Independence — $186.15
McPherson Arts Alliance — $9,462.60
Child Advocacy Fund — $936.95
McPherson County 4-H Development — $732.19
McPherson County Council on Aging — $1,489.19
McPherson County Food Bank — $12,639.54
McPherson Family Life Center — $2,078.67
McPherson Family YMCA — $11,362.31
McPherson Hospital — $5,658.94
McPherson Housing Coalition — $372.30
McPherson Museum & Arts Foundation — $10,548.46
McPherson Opera House Company — $19,732.82
McPherson Public Library — $24,011.12
McPherson Education Foundation – USD #418 — $2,233.79
Mt. Hope Sanctuary — $20,910.77
United Way of McPherson County — $33,175.53
WACCC – Women & Children Combating Cancer — $13,543.62
PRIZE INCENTIVE RECIPIENTS- the following organizations received additional gifts for having the largest number of donors bringing their contribution to the Foundation during designated times throughout the day or named as part of the Random Act of Kindness award.
Get the Party Started – 7 am – 9 am McPherson Public Library $1000.00
Morning Coffee Break – 9 am – 11 am Circles of McPherson County $1000.00
Lunch Bonanza – 11 am – 1 pm McPherson Family YMCA $1000.00
Afternoon Blitz – 2 pm – 3 pm Meals on Wheels $1000.00
Happy Hour – 4 pm – 6 pm McPherson Opera House $1000.00
Random Act of Kindness MHS Band $ 250.00