TROY — In just two and a half hours, the Troy Foundation’s $100,000 earmarked for more than 45 non-profits was matched, breaking the foundation’s record as donors stopped in and supported their local organizations at the Hobart Arena’s Bravo Room on “Giving Tuesday.”
Executive Director Melissa Kleptz filled in the donation thermometer to the top at 10:36 a.m. and congratulated the non-profits on spreading the word of not only the foundation’s match, but about their non-profit’s role in the Troy community.
Last year’s match was completed by 4 p.m. and in years prior it took a few days to complete. This year, Kleptz invited the non-profits to meet at the Bravo Room and educate the public about their missions and draw donors to one central location to put names with faces and organizations.
“I know I joked that we’d be done by noon, but it’s 10:36 a.m. when we were out…gosh, way to bring people in. That’s exactly what we were hoping would happen and that all of you would take it and run with it,” Kleptz said. “Connect with your donors, connect with new donors. The people that have come out of here that have taken the time to connect and meet with all of you are just amazed at what all of you do and what they didn’t know about all of you.”
Kleptz and her staff named the event “Growing a Greater Tomorrow.”
Donors were able to meet with representatives of Troy-based organizations and learn more about their missions and community services. Non-profits also shared their wish lists for physical donations such as canned goods, hygienic items, blankets and other necessities to benefit their cause.
Donors also could participate in a trivia contest by stopping at non-profit tables and asking their representatives about their organization. The correct answer would grant the non-profit of the donor’s choice an extra $250 from the Troy Foundation.
Non-profits stayed throughout the day as donors stopped in to participate in the nationwide “Giving Tuesday” event.
Kleptz said the Troy Foundation decided to challenge the non-profits by inviting the public to give and to stop by the event held at the Bravo Room.
“Their marketing of the event has drawn people to donate,” she said. The $100,000 match from the foundation is drawn from its general fund.
End of the year giving can continue with online donations to the Troy Foundation at www.thetroyfoundation.org.
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