MANSFIELD -- Richland Gives, an online day of giving hosted by the Richland County Foundation, raised $309,503 for 88 Richland County nonprofit organizations. Since its inception in 2015, Richland Gives has raised $724,519.
The day is designed to encourage people to contribute to local nonprofits they care about through a single giving website. The foundation hosted the day to build capacity, grow philanthropy and make the community stronger. It allows local organizations to raise funds and awareness as well as cultivate new donors and reinvigorate lapsed donors.
The Foundation awarded $44,000 in matching grants as incentives during the giving event. The nonprofit organizations that raised the most overall were awarded $3,000, for first place, $1,500 for second place and $500 for third place.
The winners in the small nonprofit category were Lucas Community Center, first, Little Buckeye Children’s Museum, second, and Discovery School, third.
The winners of the large nonprofit category were Renaissance Performing Arts Association, first, Richland Academy of the Arts, second, and Friendly House, third.
These following organizations were the first to raise $1,000 online and were awarded a $1,000 matching grant:
Little Buckeye Children's Museum
North Central Ohio Land Conservancy
Catalyst Life Services
North End Community Improvement Collaborative
Lucas Community Center
Mansfield Area Y
Friendly House Association of Mansfield Ohio
Richland County Foundation
Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo
Ohio State Mansfield Student Emergency Fund
Ohio Bird Sanctuary
Love in the Name of Christ of Greater Mansfield
Visual Bucket List Foundation
Mansfield Community Playhouse
Compassion in Action
North Central State College Foundation
Taking Root Farms
Richland Carousel Park
Neo's Dance Theater
Richland Crisis Pregnancy Services
Blue Rose Mission
Parent Aide Program
A $500 matching grant was awarded to the first five nonprofit organizations that raised at least $500 via Richland Gives last year and increased donations this year by at least 30 percent: Catholic Charities, Lucas Community Center, North End Community Improvement Collaborative, Richland Crisis Pregnancy Services and Mansfield Area Y.
The organizations awarded $500 Golden Tickets for raising the most money during a specified hour were Visual Bucket List, Friendly House (2), North Central State College Foundation Lucas Community Center, and Renaissance Performing Arts Association.
The $500 matching grants were awarded during giving day events to Kingwood Center, Young Entrepreneurs Academy, Little Buckeye Children’s Museum, Mansfield Area Y (2) and Plymouth Historical Society.