Connect to a Cause 2022

Connecting People who Care with Causes that Matter

Connect to a Cause is a 12-hour crowdfunding campaign established by the Community Foundation of Lorain County. During these exciting 12 hours, people from across the nation can support local non-profit organizations serving Lorain County.  When you donate during Connect to a Cause, you provide immediate financial support to local non-profit organizations and help them plan for the future by building their endowment.

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 2022 on Thursday, September 15th, from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.


participating non-profits

Participating Organizations & Power Hours

Organizations have the chance to earn bonus dollars during our segmented Power Hours. For every online donation received from a unique donor during these select hours, organizations within that category will be entered into a random drawing for a bonus of $1,000.

Thanks to the generous support of Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital, there will be a special All-In Power Hour for all 74 organizations.   For every unique, online donation between 6:30 and 7:30 PM the receiving organization will receive one entry to win $1,000.   Also, each organization that has at least one online donation every hour during Connect to a Cause will be entered into a drawing on September 30 to win an additional $1,000.

Arts & CultureEducation & Youth DevelopmentStrengthening Lorain CountyHealth & Human Services
Power Hour 10-11 AM
Sponsored by
Aztec Steel​
Power Hour 12-1 PM
Sponsored by
Morgan Stanley
The Hageman/Masters Group​
Power Hour 2-3 PM
Sponsored by
Power Hour 4-5 PM
Sponsored by
Akron Children’s Hospital
Amherst Historical SocietyAmherst Schools Educational FoundationAvon Lake Public LibraryA Dementia Friendly LIFE
Brownhelm Historical AssociationAvon Lake City Schools FoundationCity FreshAmerican Red Cross of North Central Ohio
Elyria Arts CouncilBig Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain CountyCommon GroundBlessing House
Firelands Association for the Visual Arts (FAVA)Elyria City Schools Endowment BoardCommunity Congregational United Church of ChristBOFE Lupus Foundation
Lorain County Historical SocietyFirelands Schools Endowment FundEl Centro de Servicios SocialesEasterseals Northern Ohio
Lorain Historical SocietyFriends of Lorain County Junior FairElyria Public Library FoundationEchoing Hills
Lorain Palace TheatreGirl Scouts of North East OhioFriends of the Elyria Public Library SystemFrench Creek Family YMCA
Mighty Goliath Productions (MGP)Keystone Educational Endowment Program (KEEP)Friendship Animal Protective LeagueGoodwill Industries of Lorain County
Northern Ohio Youth OrchestraLorain County Imagination LibraryGood KnightsLorain County Community Action Agency
Oberlin ChoristersMary Lee Tucker Clothe-A-ChildGrafton-Midview Public LibraryLorain County Free Clinic
Southern Lorain County Historical SocietyNorth Ridgeville City Schools Endowment FundsHearts of PatriotsLorain County Habitat for Humanity
Ruby N. Jones Community Scholarship FundLeadership Lorain CountyLorain County Office on Aging
Save Our ChildrenLorain County Metro ParksLorain County Safe Harbor Genesis House
Voices for ChildrenLorain County Urban LeagueMercy Health Foundation Lorain
Lorain Lighthouse FoundationNeighborhood Alliance
Main Street AmherstNorth Ridgeville Community Care
Main Street LorainOberlin Community Services
Main Street VermilionSecond Harvest Food Bank
Main Street WellingtonThe LCADA Way
Oberlin Business PartnershipThe Salvation Army of Lorain County
Partners with Paws of Lorain CountyUnited Way of Greater Lorain County
The Foundation of the Lorain Library SystemWesleyan Senior Living Foundation
The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
Western Reserve Land Conservancy
WNZN Power 89.1FM
YWCA Elyria

We Match Your Donation

Thanks to our Business Champions, a $40K match pool will directly benefit participating organizations.  With every donation received during Connect to a Cause, a pro-rated match will be given to your favorite organization, making your gift go even further.

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