Connect to a Cause 2022

Connecting People who Care with Causes that Matter

In 2021, our community raised $277K for Lorain County non-profit organizations through Connect to a Cause! Over 1,000 individuals donated money to the 65 organizations that participated in Connect to a Cause 2021.

Gifts ranged anywhere from $5 to $15K and we had donations from as far as Fargo, North Dakota, Maine, and Bonita Springs, Florida.

We look to raise even more dollars for organizations during Connect to a Cause 2022 on Thursday, September 15!

 

65

participating organizations in 2021

$277K

raised in 2021

Info for Organizations

Connect to a Cause is a 12-hour crowdfunding campaign focused on supporting non-profit organizations in Lorain County. Connect to a Cause pulls together donors and business champions to provide an opportunity for non-profit organizations to fundraise and connect with residents in Lorain County. A portion of the proceeds raised is added to each participating organization’s endowment fund, creating stability and impact for years to come. The registration period is now closed.

FAQs for Participating Organizations

Connect to a Cause is a community-wide day of giving created to support our local non-profit agencies in Lorain County.  It is modeled after the idea of crowdfunding, which is, according to Google, the practice of funding a venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people typically via the internet. In this instance, all donations will be coordinated by the Community Foundation of Lorain County and then disbursed to participating organizations following the day of giving. The more you promote your participation, the more donations you will receive.

  • 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 their mission.
  • A preliminary donation total will be announced after 8:00 PM on Thursday, September 15.
  • Proceeds will be available to organizations around October 1. More details about how and where you will receive your check will be shared at a later date.

Any Lorain County non-profit organization who has an agency endowment fund with Community Foundation of Lorain County is able to participate in Connect to a Cause; however the registration period for all organizations closed on March 31, 2022 and will not be extended.

If your organization would like to open an agency endowment fund so you are able to participate in Connect to a Cause, please contact Laura Malone, Development Officer, at LMalone@peoplewhocare.org. She will walk you through the process and ensure your endowment is opened by the May 31, 2022 deadline.

Now is the time to create a promotional calendar for your organization! You are encouraged to share your participation with with supporters, donors, volunteers, employees, and Board Members.

  • Our Connect to a Cause marketing toolkit will be available this summer. The toolkit includes various digital marketing pieces for you to use on your website, social media, in newsletters or in other creative ways. You are welcome to find other unique and creative ways that tie into your organization’s mission to share your message. 
  • Two informational webinars will be held for participants – July 13 and September 7 at 11:00am.  A representative from participating organizations are required to attend both of these meetings. During the July meeting, we will discuss the toolkit and any possible prize offerings.  The September meeting will feature day-of-event operations and answer any last minute questions.
  • If you have questions or additional suggestions, please contact Brittany Lovett, Marketing & Communications Officer at Community Foundation of Lorain County blovett@peoplewhocare.org or 440.984.7390.

Two informational webinars will be held for participants – July 13 and September 7 at 11:00am. 

A representative from participating organizations are required to attend both of these meetings. During the July meeting, we will discuss the toolkit and any possible prize offerings.  The September meeting will feature day-of-event operations and answer any last minute questions.

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%.

Credit card fees of 2.9% plus $0.30 incurred for each credit card donation will be netted against the match dollar amount. We have implemented an option for donors to cover a portion of the credit card fee at a flat rate of 3% which will be added to the gross gift amount.

Example #1:
Donor chooses not to cover credit card fees
Gift Amount: $100.00
Match Amount: (Add) $4.00*
Credit Card Fee: (Subtract) $3.20
Net Amount to Organization: $100.80

Example #2:
Donor chooses to cover a portion of the credit card fees of 3%
Gift Amount: $100.00
Match Amount: (Add) $4.00*
Credit Card Fee covered by donor: (Add) $3.09
Credit Card Fee: (Subtract) $3.29
Net amount to the organization: $103.80

*Match amounts are estimated in these examples and will be based upon the total amount of funds raised.

The easiest way for your donor to make a donation will be through the Community Foundation website at peoplewhocare.org by using a debit or credit card.

  • Checks and cash are also acceptable forms of payment.  
  • Checks and/or cash must be postmarked by Thursday, September 15 or delivered in-person to the Foundation office by 8:00 PM on September 15. 
  • A donation form will be included in the toolkit and it must accompany all check and cash donations in order for it to be applied to their Connect to a Cause total (one form per donation).
  • 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.

The Community Foundation will acknowledge all contributions. Automatic thank you emails will go out to all donors who donate via credit card at peoplewhocare.org.

Following Connect to a Cause, a list of donors will be sent to each organization, however, donors who wish to remain anonymous will remain anonymous. 

For marketing, or general event questions:

Brittany Lovett, Marketing and Communications Officer
blovett@peoplewhocare.org
440.984.7390

For questions regarding your endowment fund:

Laura Malone, Development Officer
lmalone@peoplewhocare.org
440.984.7390

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

Missy Timko, Data Management Coordinator
mtimko@peoplewhocare.org
440.984.7390

For questions regarding donations:

Jim Stobe, CFO
jstobe@peoplewhocare.org
440.984.7390

 

Info for Business Champions

Last year, 22 local businesses supported Connect to a Cause. Thanks to their generosity, Community Foundation provided additional prize dollars to our participating organizations.

This year, new and exciting sponsorship opportunities are available to our Business Champions that will provide support to Lorain County organizations and encourage gifts from our community on the day of the event.

 

Questions on becoming a Business Champion?


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