THE POWER OF THE MATCH; 24-HOUR ONLINE GIVING CHALLENGE SET FOR FEBRUARY – MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

February 1st, 2016

Matching gifts are highly effective, energizing fundraising tools that savvy donors often utilize to exponentially stretch the capacity of a lead donation. This fundraising season David Lawrence Center has been blessed to have seen the amazing power of this form of giving in several unique instances.

When we held our season kickoff celebration, a valuable donor kick started this fundraising season in a grand way with a generous annual fund challenge gift of $50,000. This anonymous donor challenged us as a community to join them in their unwavering commitment to our mission and exciting vision whereby they matched $1 for every $2 raised by December 31, 2015. We reached out to you and explained how this seed money would help our mission and multiply your charitable donations… and you responded in a big way helping us not only achieve this challenge but surpass it! We had more individual gifts towards our annual giving campaign for more total donations than last year. We are forever grateful to our matching donor and each of you for your continued support.

Matching gifts played a big role once again in our fundraising capacity at the Live Life in Color! gala live auction when our Young Executives eaglerly announced a $20,000 match half way through the auction as did another anonymous donor at $5,000. The results were powerful as we saw more paddles fly.

Now this February, David Lawrence Center is proud to have been selected once again as a partner of Give Where You Live Collier, our region’s amazing 24-hour online giving challenge. This exciting event is organized by the Community Foundation of Collier County and is set to launch at noon on February 29, 2016. During this 24-hour period every gift will be multiplied through a matching fund generously provided by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. The more money our donors help us raise during this period, the larger percentage of the $400,000 matching fund we will receive. Our goal is to raise $50,000 during this inspiring, community-wide event. Together, we hope to show off Collier County’s spirit of giving, raise awareness about DLC and celebrate the collective effort it takes to make this region great.

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