Valley Nonprofits Raise More Than A Quarter Million During The Great Give® 2017
Valley nonprofits raise nearly $300,000 including matching funds and prizes during The Great Give® 2017.
DERBY (May 26, 2017) - The Valley Community Foundation (VCF) is proud to announce that with the help of Valley residents, employees and VCF donor advised fund holders during The Great Give® 2017 nearly $300,000 was raised for nonprofit organizations located in Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour or Shelton. The total amount includes $25,000 in matching funds and prizes provided by VCF and others, which were shared during the fifth annual celebratory ice cream social on May 25.
"Of the nearly $1.3 million raised in The Great Give® 2017, approximately twenty-five percent will be specifically distributed for the benefit of Valley residents," said Sharon Closius, President
This year, Valley-based organizations won multiple special prizes awarded throughout The Great Give® 2017, which was announced at the ice cream social. A total of $25,000 in prizes were awarded by VCF during The Great Give® 2017 to organizations located in the Valley. VCF awarded two prizes, the first to the Valley Independent Sentinel for
Center Stage Theatre was awarded a second place overall Grand Prize from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven for most money raised by an organization with less than five full-time staff in addition to a $1,000 Early Bird Prize. BHCare was also awarded a second place overall Grand Prize for the most money raised by an organization with more than five full-time staff. Derby Day Care, Shelton High School Robotics Team
The Great Give® is the annual online giving event on giveGreater.org®, a local resource for learning and giving created in 2010 by VCF's partner in philanthropy, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven to increase philanthropy in the Greater New Haven region of South Central Connecticut. Overall, The Great Give® 2017 generated nearly $1.3 million, including matching funds and prizes from the two foundations and other generous community sponsors for nonprofits serving the 20-town region of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, which includes VCF's five-town service area. There were more than 8,000 donors who gave more than 11,000 gifts. To see participating nonprofits and prize information, visit www.thegreatgive.org.
About the Valley Community Foundation
Established in 2004, the Valley Community Foundation distributes hundreds of thousands of grant dollars each year to support the local nonprofit sector and the people it serves. In addition to grantmaking, VCF works in strong partnership with The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (TCF), to promote philanthropy in Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour