Partnership for Better Health and 52 Area Nonprofits Celebrate the Success of Match Madness!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
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
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
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
In Him Christian Wellness
JFT Recovery and Veterans Support Services
Join Hands Ministry
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
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 CountyContact:Heather Swartzheather@forbetterhealthpa.org, (717) 960-9009