Over $140K Raised in 12-Hour Fundraising Event

Connect to a Cause

The Community Foundation of Lorain County put out a call to the community: help area non-profit organizations meet the increased needs of people in Lorain County. On Thursday, September 17, 2020 the community responded, raising the preliminary amount over $140,000 in just 12-hours through Connect to a Cause.

More than 1,000 individuals donated to the 56 organizations that participated in Connect to a Cause, a 12-hour, coordinated crowdfunding campaign hosted by the Community Foundation of Lorain County. Gifts ranged in size from $5 to $5,000. Regardless of size, every contribution is essential, and 100 percent of every donation goes directly to the participating non-profit organization.


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“Lorain County is a warm, generous, and caring community. This is what makes it such a special place to live, work and play,” said Cynthia H. Andrews, President, and CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County. “This outpouring of support for the non-profit organizations that play such a vital role in our community is overwhelming,” she added.

The Community Foundation planned to host Connect to a Cause to signify its 40th anniversary long before the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the globe. This tragic event further amplified the need in Lorain County. People struggling turned to non-profit organizations in the area, and they, in turn, stepped up to fill the gaps. The increased need left shortfalls in resources, making Connect to a Cause all the more critical to help connect people who care with causes that matter. To further the impact, the Community Foundation Board of Directors contributed an additional $40,000 to be distributed among the participating organizations on a prorated basis according to the amount each raised.

“We are so grateful to the people of Lorain County for rallying during this time of need,” said Darla M. Character-Johnson, Executive Director of Save Our Children adding, “We see every day the impact this virus has on our neighbors, friends, and families. Thanks to the Community Foundation and the generosity of the community, we will be able to help more people in their time of need.”

Participating non-profits represent arts and culture, education and youth development, community development, emergency needs, health and human services, social justice, etc. For more information on the participating organizations and the amounts raised for each non-profit, visit peoplewhocare.org. 

“We believe in the power of community and the generosity of Lorain County residents to support one another. This is the founding principle of the Community Foundation,” said Andrews. “Responding to changing needs is what we do. And, it is gratifying to see community residents join us in coming to the aid of others. We thank everyone who played a role in making Connect to a Cause a success for our community.”

The winner of the bonus dollars will be announced on Thursday, September 24th in our newsletter, website and on our social media platforms. For more information, visit peoplewhocare.org or call 440.984.7390.