• Partnership for Better Health and 52 Area Nonprofits Celebrate the Success of Match Madness!

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    April 20, 2021

    As many community members are still recovering from a decline in household income due to the pandemic, the Partnership for Better Health’s 2021 Match Madness campaign exceeded expectations by raising more funds and attracting more individual donations than in any previous year.

    Match Madness is a collaborative campaign that supports area nonprofits in raising core operating and program funds that are flexible to meet evolving needs. This year’s campaign theme was Strengthening our Community Through Generosity.

    As of March 31, the campaign drew $778,413, reflecting a 47 percent increase in total funds going out to the 52 participating nonprofits. Total gifts received grew to 2100 contributions this year, up from 1118 gifts last year.

    “It was a humbling year,” said Becca Raley, Executive Director at Partnership for Better Health. “Some contributors wrote $10 checks to their favorite nonprofits and others wrote $1,000 checks. Yet in both cases, we truly sensed that local donors did everything they could to help the organizations they see as vital in meeting local needs.”

    Now in its sixth year, the Match Madness Campaign focuses on small nonprofits with annual budgets of under $5 million. This year’s top five fundraisers were: New Life Community; Project SHARE; Salvation Army; Maranatha; and Community CARES.

    The Partnership's matching stretch pool grew to $130,000, with the generous support of M&T Bank and The Josiah W. and Bessie H. Kline Foundation. For each organization, the first $1,000 raised is matched dollar-for-dollar, meaning that even small gifts receive a large financial boost. The remaining matching funds are shared proportionately across the groups, with 100 percent of funds raised, plus the match, going back into the community.

     “We are especially appreciative of the generosity from our funding partners at M&T Bank and the Josiah W. and Bessie H. Kline Foundation,” said Ann Myers, Gift Planning Officer at Partnership for Better Health. “The COVID pandemic didn’t hinder the generosity of donors. These organizations can be proud of their efforts, knowing that they have additional funds to support their organization in a way that otherwise might not have been possible. Especially during this difficult time, donors really stepped up to the plate and showed their support and allegiance.”

    The Partnership for Better Health celebrated the community’s success at a socially distanced, masked presentation on the grounds of the foundation. 

    Congratulations to the 52 Match Madness partners!

    Adams County Arts Council 

    Amethyst Foundation 

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region 

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of York & Adams Counties 

    Big Spring Area Food Bank  

    Big Spring Senior Center 

    Boys & Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg 

    Camp Koala  

    Carlisle Area Family Life Center 

    Carlisle Area Healthcare Auxiliary 

    Carlisle Arts Learning Center 

    Carlisle Tool Library 

    Carlisle Victory Circle 

    Central Pennsylvania Conservancy  

    Central Perry Community Senior Citizen's Center 

    Champions for Children 

    Charles Bruce Foundation  

    Christ Among Neighbors 

    Community CARES 

    Cumberland County Library System Foundation  

    Cumberland Goodwill EMS  

    Cumberland Valley Rails-to-Trails Council 

    Cumberland Youth Cycling Development 

    Drew Michael Taylor Foundation 

    Duncannon Emergency Medical Services 

    Farmers on the Square 

    Friends of Spring Township 

    Girls on the Run Capital Area 

    Hope Station  

    In Him Christian Wellness 

    JFT Recovery and Veterans Support Services  

    Join Hands Ministry 

    Landisburg EMS  

    LEAF Project  


    New Life Community 

    Perry County Council of the Arts 

    Perry County Literacy Council 

    Perry Human Services 

    Project SHARE of Carlisle 

    Reins of Rhythm Riding & Horsemanship 

    Safe Harbour 

    Sam's Spoons Foundation 

    Shippensburg Area EMS  

    Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition  

    Shippensburg Produce and Outreach (SPO) 

    Summer Program for Youth (SPY) 

    The Civic Club of Shippensburg 

    The Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania 

    The Salvation Army 

    West End Fire Company 

    YWCA Carlisle & Cumberland County 

    Heather Swartz
    heather@forbetterhealthpa.org, (717) 960-9009
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