Community Foundation of Eastern Ohio, W. Pa. Raises $1.1M

SHARON, Pa. – More than $1.1 million was raised for the Community Foundation of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania during its annual Giving Week.

The campaign took place June 18-24; results were announced this week.

Funds will benefit 66 nonprofit organizations, says Kyle English, foundation executive director. The week-long campaign surpassed more than $1.1 million for charities for the second year in a row and brought the three-year total to nearly $3 million.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the generosity of the donors in this area,” says English.

There were 1,475 individual donations totaling $983,953, according to English.

Partnering with the Community Foundation for the event event were The Zekelman Fund, The Dr. Robert and Vera Lartz Charitable Foundation, the O’Brien Children Memorial Fund, Anderson Charitable Foundation, Winner Foundation, FNB Wealth Management, Primary Health Network, Meszaros Family Foundation and the Charles and Margaret Verholek Foundation. These organizations sponsored the matching funds that totaled $150,000.

Additionally, the nonprofit organizations split $10,000 in power-up bonuses from the Winner Foundation, based on the number of individual donors each group received, and $3,000 was distributed in challenge funds through the Community Foundation.

Challenge funds this year included First Mover, Rally Your Tribe and Celebrate. The Go the Distance challenge was awarded with one organization receiving a donation from Bethel, Alaska.

All together, Giving Week raised $1,146,953.

Biggest winners included the Pine Valley Camp, which raised nearly $191,381; Buhl Park Corp., nearly $160,664; F.H. Buhl Club at nearly $115,406; and the Hope Center for Arts and Technology, Inc. at $105,901.

“It gives our local organizations a different platform to get out there and talk about the great work that they do,” English said of the campaign.

The 2023 campaign, the fourth year of Giving Week, will be held the last full week of June, he said.

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