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Second non-profit Match Day event set Sept. 19

Second non-profit Match Day event set Sept. 19

More than 20 local organizations will be on hand for the second annual “Gather for Good” match day at the Clay County Museum.

The event gives area residents the opportunity to donate to one or more local organizations worthy non-profit organizations and having their donations matched 50 percent by the Clay Center Community Improvement Foundation, sponsor of the event.

During the event, persons interested in donating or learning more about the non-profit organizations meet face to face with organization representatives in the museum starting at noon.

The event is held in conjunction with the Third Thursday promotion by the Clay Center Business Association. Donations may be made from Noon to 8 p.m. September 19 at the Clay County Museum and all day long via the CCCIF Match Day website, https://www.gatherforgoodcc.com/.

The CCCIF will match donations made to each organization until a total of $20,000 has been awarded, Morree Floersch, CCCIF chairperson, told Rotarians Thursday noon. In 2018 the Foundation provided $15,000 in matching funds.

Last year the event raised $80,000 that officials said would never have been raised had it not been for the Gather for Good event. The CCCIF provides support for all charitable organizations in the community, Floersch said.

“We’re all seeing so many positive things happening in our community that it just drives us to keep spending time on these projects for the community,” Floersch said of the CCCIF board.

She said CCCIF has about $250,000 in donations under its control and is joined by a number of smaller non-profit organizations and individuals who control their own programs or scholarships under the CCCIF umbrella.

The entire Foundation trust is managed by the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation to take advantage of their expertise in investments, web sites and support services for a 1% annual fee.

The move was made when managing the trust became too much for volunteers who didn’t have the experience. Floersch said the CCCIF association with the GMCF has made progress with the CCCIF faster and easier. The CCCIF kept its own 501c3 designation allowing donations to be tax deductible.

One of the first benefits was a new website, claycentercif.org.

“It’s just a one stop place to go to ask questions, make donations and find out what what’s going on with the Foundation,” Floersch said. Donors can select a fund for donations or set up their own directed fund.


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