MANSFIELD -- The countdown to a potential $1 million fundraiser begins Friday.
It's an annual event designed to encourage everyone to contribute to local nonprofits they care about through a single giving platform/website.
The effort raised $309,503 in 2018. Since its inception in 2015, Richland Gives has raised $724,519. That means $1 million is clearly in sight this year by the time the fundraising effort ends on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.
Maura Teynor, chief advancement officer for Richland County Foundation, said about 80 local nonprofits have registered to take part in the event, which culminates Dec. 3 with #GivingTuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.
"The Richland County Foundation is hosting the day to build capacity, grow philanthropy and make the community stronger. Richland Gives allows local nonprofit organizations to raise funds and awareness as well as cultivate new donors and reinvigorate lapsed donors," Teynor said.
Nonprofits could begin registering to take part in September. That registration period ends today.
Thanks to foundation donors, Teynor said, prize incentives will be awarded to participating organizations that win certain contests during Richland Gives, beyond what they raise from online donations.
Here is a list of the rules and prizes:
Richland Gives offers grants as incentives to inspire donors and organizations to participate in the excitement.
All prizes are cash grants to nonprofit organizations. Online credit card donations will be tracked starting Nov. 1 at 7 a.m. through Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.
~1:1 matching grant of $1,000 to the first 25 nonprofit organizations that raise at least $1,000 online via the Richland Gives website with donations starting at 7 a.m.
~$500 grants to the first five organizations that increase online donations by 30 percent compared to the previous year. To be eligible, a nonprofit must have raised at least $500 the previous year. Donations to the Richland Gives website start Nov. 1.
~ On Dec. 3, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., six $500 Golden Tickets will be awarded to the nonprofit that raised the most money during a specified hour. Golden Tickets:
From 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. with winner pulled at 8 a.m.
From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. with winner pulled at 10 a.m.
From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. with winner pulled at 12 p.m.
From 1 to 2 p.m. with winner pulled at 2 p.m.
From 2 to 3 p.m. with winner pulled at 3 p.m.
From 3 to 4 p.m. with winner pulled at 4 p.m.
~Leader Board Winners:
Small Nonprofit are based on annual revenue below $250,000.
Large Nonprofit Leader Boards are based on annual revenue above $250,000.
There will be a Leader Board Watch Party at Idea Works, 40 W. 4th St., from 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 3.
~ $500 will be awarded to a nonprofit by random drawing at 5:30, 5:45, 6:00, 6:15, 6:30, and 6:45 p.m. Raffle tickets given at door and people write down their favorite participating nonprofit. A nonprofit can win only one time during the Watch Party.
Any individual may donate. Online credit card donations made through Richland Gives are received by Mightycause Foundation, a 501c3 organization, and then granted to the designated nonprofits.
Donations designated to nonprofit organizations, fiscally sponsored organizations, registered public schools, and tax-exempt religious organizations are 100 percent tax-deductible and irrevocable. Donations will not be refunded. Donations may only be made via credit or debit card. Checks are not accepted since this is an online giving event only.
During Richland Gives, the Mightycause Foundation will retain 6.9 percent, plus 30 cents per transaction, for Mightycause Foundation expenses and campaign costs (including credit card transaction costs).
Donors have the option to cover these fees during the checkout process, allocating 100 percent of their intended donation to your nonprofit.
The minimum donation is $10.00. There is no maximum donation.
This is an online giving event, credit card donations will be tracked from Nov. 1 at 7 a.m. through Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. 2019 to count toward totals to determine prizes.
Challenge/matching grants offered by a nonprofit organization that serve as a match for Richland Gives day are not included in the totals.
To participate, a 501c3 nonprofit organization must have its primary office based in Richland County, or primarily serve Richland County Ohio.
Only IRS registered 501c3 nonprofit organizations, fiscally sponsored organizations, registered public schools, and tax-exempt religious organizations are eligible to participate in Richland Gives to receive donations and prize grants. Private non-operating foundations are not eligible to participate. For an organization to participate, they must register with Richland Gives.
For more information, contact Teynor at 419-525-3020.
About the Richland County Foundation
The Richland County Foundation, a not-for-profit 501c3, was established in 1945 as a way for individuals to pool and invest their gifts for the long-term good of Richland County and its residents.
The Foundation helps people in Richland County give back to their community by investing their gifts for charity wisely so that grants can be made to improve the quality of life for all of the county’s citizens. Working together with donors, the Foundation meets important needs today and plans for a strong future.