Connect to a Cause 2022

Connecting People who Care with Causes that Matter

Thank you to everyone who helped make Connect to a Cause 2022 a success. Connect to a cause is a 12-hour crowdfunding campaign that the Community Foundation established in 2020. We raised $277,741 for 74 non-profit organizations making an extraordinary impact in Lorain County. Since its inception, Connect to a Cause has raised over $750K for our community. As the Community Foundation continues to serve all 34 municipalities in Lorain County, we ask that you join us.

Make sure to follow us on social media for the latest updates: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn.

We look forward to your support for Connect to a Cause 2023!


C2C 2022

Connect to a Cause 2022

Thank you to our business champions

BendixBuckeye Community BankClearstead
Cohen & CompanyCustom Cleaning ServicesEMC Precision
Emerald FoundationFauver Attorneys & Counselors at LawGeisel by HomeServe
Kidsmile Pediatric DentistryLake Erie ElectricMagis Advisory Group
Mercy HealthThe Mermaid’s TaleMPW Construction Services
PNC BankRoss Builders Co. Inc.Ross Environmental Services
Simplified Facilities GroupStewart’s TV and AppliancesVandemark Jewelers
Wickens Herzer Panza

FAQs for Donors

Connect to a Cause is a community-wide day of giving created to support local non-profit agencies in Lorain County. All donations are coordinated by the Community Foundation of Lorain County and then disbursed to participating organizations following the day of giving.

  • There is no limit to the amount of money a non-profit can raise during Connect to a Cause. The number of donors is also not limited.
  • A minimum of 25% of the organization’s fundraising proceeds from Connect to a Cause will remain in each organization’s agency endowment fund.  The remaining donations will be given directly to the organization to support its mission.
  • A preliminary donation total will be announced at 8:00 PM on Thursday, September 15th, with the final total raised on September 30th.

The easiest way to make a donation will be through the Community Foundation website at by using a debit or credit card. However, other forms of payment may be accepted as well.

  • Checks and/or cash donations must include this form and be postmarked by Thursday, September 15th, or delivered in-person to the Foundation office by 8:00 PM on September 15th.
  • Donor Advised Fund (DAF) and Individual Retirement Account (IRA) donations must include this form.  While the DAF/IRA check will come from the DAF/IRA administrator, a copy of the DAF/IRA donation form must be received by email by 8:00 PM on September 15th.
  • While recurring donations are encouraged, only donations received on the Connect to a Cause day count towards the total. 
  • The minimum donation amount is $5.

We encourage donors to use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (or other social media platforms) to help support their favorite non-profit’s participation in Connect to a Cause. You can also build momentum by responding to the content posted on our Community Foundation Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram pages. The hashtag #C2CLorainCounty will be the central “hub” for Connect to a Cause communication.

Community Foundation/Connect to a Cause Social Networks:

@CommunityFoundationLorainCounty to tag
C2C hashtags: #peoplewhocare #causesthatmatter #C2CLorainCounty

@Connectcarematr to tag
C2C hashtags: #peoplewhocare #causesthatmatter #C2CLorainCounty

@Connectcarematr to tag
C2C hashtags: #peoplewhocare #causesthatmatter #C2CLorainCounty

@CommunityFoundationLorainCounty to tag
C2C hashtags: #peoplewhocare #causesthatmatter #C2CLorainCounty


There is no fee associated with participating in Connect to a Cause for the organization.  However, any donation made via credit card will incur processing fees of 2.9% plus $0.30.  We have implemented an option for donors to cover a portion of the credit card fee at a flat rate of 3%.


The Community Foundation will acknowledge all contributions with tax receipts.  Automatic thank you emails with the tax receipts will go out to all donors who donate via credit card at  Donations by check will be acknowledged by October 1st.

Unless a donor makes an anonymous donation, donor information will be shared with the non-profits for their own, non-tax-related thank you letters.

For marketing, or general event questions:

Brittany Lovett, Marketing and Communications Officer

For questions regarding your endowment fund:

Laura Malone, Development Officer

For technical questions regarding the grant catalog or downloading an item from the online toolkit:

Missy Timko, Data Management Coordinator

For questions regarding donations:

Jim Stobe, CFO