Lancaster County Community Foundation hosts marathon donation event, “ExtraGive,” raises more than $6 million for local non-profits

Erin Moyer || Senior Editor 

On Friday, Nov 20, the Lancaster County Community Foundation hosted its annual Extraordinary Give, commonly known as the ExtraGive. The ExtraGive is a 24-hour, marathon day of giving in which the community is encouraged to come together and support Lancaster’s nonprofits. Altogether, the ExtraGive raised $6,134,244.78, from 40,203 separate gifts, for roughly 300 Lancaster-area nonprofits.

The ExtraGive began at midnight on Nov 20, and continued until midnight on Nov 21. The day of giving was peppered with events, including stops by the Mobile Giving Station all over Lancaster, and the Extraordinary Give Live Finale, hosted at the Lancaster Marriott and Lancaster County Convention Center. The Finale featured two stages, live music from seven local bands and a way to celebrate the final hours of ExtraGive.

The ExtraGive also featured a full itinerary of events hosted by other local Lancaster businesses and nonprofits. A Giving HUB was set up at the Prince Street Pop-Up Park, and the Lancaster Public Library and Meals on Wheels Lancaster were among those to host open houses to encourage donations.

Additionally, PRiMA Theatre, The Mix at Arbor Place, PA Guild of Craftsmen, The New School, Arch Street Center, VisionCorps, City of Lancaster Office of Promotion (LOOP), Humane League of Lancaster (Humane Pennsylvania), Music For Everyone, Lancaster Creative Factory, Lancaster City Alliance, Lancaster YWCA, Leo’s Helping Paws, and  North Museum of Nature and Science all came together to host the Great Giving Gig Friday night at Tellus360.

The Lancaster-area organizations that received the most donations at ExtraGive were the Water Street Mission, which raised $269,158, Children Deserve a Chance Foundation, which raised $252,257, and WJTL Creative Ministries, which raised $159,487.

ExtraGive donations were stretched by $300,000 by the ExtraGive’s presenting sponsor, Rodgers & Associates, and $50,000 in additional prizes from ExtraGive’s numerous other sponsors, among them Clipper Magazine, LocalFlavor.com, Turkey Hill, and Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority.

Senior Erin Moyer is a Senior Editor. Her email is emoyer1@fandm.edu

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