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Toledo Community Foundation

GivingTuesday NWO - 2016 Results

What A Difference A Day Makes!

Published on 03/31/2017 8:00 am by Joanne M Olnhausen

TOLEDO, OHIO, March 31, 2017 - The retail sector has benefited for years from coordinating national shopping days around the holidays. Everyone knows "Black Friday", “Small Business Saturday,” and "Cyber Monday." Now in its fifth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving - on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving - fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. And our local nonprofit organizations have benefitted – this year to the tune of over $650,000. What a difference a day makes!

Toledo Community Foundation, in partnership with The Blade and The Center for Nonprofit Resources, introduced #GivingTuesdayNWO in 2013 to encourage nonprofits to begin online giving programs and encourage donors to make local giving a priority. The initiative has proven to help build the capacity of nonprofits of all sizes and with diverse missions, as evidenced by growth in the number of organizations participating in online giving and an increase in the amount of December fundraising revenue realized by our local agencies.

The Center for Nonprofit Resources provided a free #GivingTuesdayNWO workshop to provide tips for a successful campaign; The Blade provided advertising to encourage donations; and the Foundation, through the generosity of local donors and corporations, offered a matching grants program for northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan organizations participating in GivingTuesdayNWO. The efforts of these supporting organizations resulted in more than $650,000 being distributed to great causes in Toledo and northwest Ohio.

Next week (the week of April 2), Toledo Community Foundation will be disbursing the matching grants to 151 local organizations. 

Additionally, a special random drawing was held from all of the local organizations that participated in #GivingTuesdayNWO 2016, and one lucky winner was chosen to receive an award of $5,000. That award goes to Harvey House, a drop-in community center and safe space for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies. Harvey House is the first and only LGBTQ+ community center in northwest Ohio.  


For a list of all nonprofit organizations receiving matching funds, click here.  

The 2017 #GivingTuesdayNWO will take place on November 28.

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