On Friday, Nov. 17, area residents and businesses will have the opportunity to take part in the sixth annual Extraordinary Give, a 24-hour online giving marathon that will benefit 465 local nonprofit organizations. Lancaster County's Extraordinary Give has grown in both the number of organizations and the total dollars raised every year since its inception. This year, Lancaster County Community Foundation (LCCF) communications manager Aaron Spangler said the foundation is excited to have an even bigger stretch pool of more than half a million dollars.
LCCF facilitates the event along with presenting sponsors Rodgers & Associates and The S. Dale High Family Foundation and several local businesses that help to make the stretch pool and prizes for the event possible.
From midnight to 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 17, interested individuals are invited to make secure, tax-deductible donations at http://www.extragive.org to the organization of their choice. Donations made on that day will be boosted with the stretch pool. Residents will also be able to watch the leaderboard on the website that day, and real-time statistics will show how much is being donated per hour and per minute.
"We had 21,000 individual gifts last year (for the Extraordinary Give), not just from people in Lancaster County but around the world," Spangler said. "It's a really cool opportunity to not only support causes that you care about, but to learn about new ones, too."
A full list of the participating organizations can be viewed at http://www.extragive.org. In order to participate in the event, nonprofit organizations must serve Lancaster County, be registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and have an independent financial review.
Spangler noted that participating organizations will also have the chance to win prizes, with two new prize categories this year. Cash prizes will be given to the organization with the best marketing campaign and with the best collaborative event. Spangler added that the giving event presents a unique opportunity for groups to intentionally work and fundraise together. "We have 465 organizations all working together and not against each other," remarked Spangler.
The success of Lancaster County's Extraordinary Give reflects the culture of philanthropy and generosity practiced by area residents. According to Spangler, the average donation per capita in communities is approximately $2.50, but in Lancaster it is $11.
LCCF works hard throughout the year to plan and make the Extraordinary Give a true community celebration, complete with a Give Mobile that makes stops throughout the county to rally awareness. Planned stops include Grand Central Bagel, 245 Centerville Road, Lancaster, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.; Darrenkamp's, 106 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.; Emerald Foundation Community Campus, 2120 Oregon Pike, Lancaster, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Ephrata EXTRA!, 550 S. Reading Road, Ephrata, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.; and Bulls Head Public House, 14 E. Main St., Lititz, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
New for this year will be a Give Mo'Tuk - a tuktuk outfitted for the event - that will make stops in downtown Lancaster.
Rounding out the day will be FamilyGive Fest from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by ExtraGive Fest from 6 p.m. to midnight. Both events will take place at the Lancaster County Convention Center and Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, 25 S. Queen St., Lancaster. Both events are free and open to all and will offer live music and giving stations. Screens will display social media content uploaded by people using the hashtag #extragive.