‘Match Day’ aims to help charity donations go farther

By Maura Wery

The Greater Manhattan Community Foundation is giving donors the chance to make their donations go farther — and giving organizations the ability to gain up to $10,000 for their endowments with Grow Green Match Day.

The event, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 22 at Colony Square Atrium on Poyntz Avenue, was made possible thanks to a “generous local couple, Phil and Maragret Howe, who are responsible for donating their money for the match,” said Elaine Dhuyvetter, vice president of marketing and programs for the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation. The couple donated $40,000 to offer 50 cents for every dollar given. Each charity can receive the match until it hits the ceiling of $10,000. Dhuyvetter said that this is an extra incentive for the participating organizations and donors.

“The money they bring in from donors goes into their endowment,” Dhuyvetter said. “The 50 percent match they receive, they can use it how they wish.”

The foundation said in a press release that most orgnanizations want to grow their endowments, but are often not allowed to maximize their funds because they use some of them for day-to-day expenses. With this type of match day, participants can maximize funds for both.

“This gives donors’ donations a larger impact for the groups they are passionate about,” Dhuyvetter said.

Dhuyvetter said that the top three earning organizations also will receive additional funding, and every hour a donor’s name will be chosen. They will be given money to donate to the organizations of their choice.

Donors who wish to earn the match have to give at least $25 and may give up to $1,000. Dhuyvetter said that if donors wish to split a donation between multiple organizations, the foundation has streamlined the process for them.

“We’ll have a form that they can fill out, and they can say how much money they want to give, and they write one check given to the foundation, and then we will split it up,” Dhuyvetter said.

The following organizations are involved in Grow Green Match Day: Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Boy Scouts of America, Boys and Girls club of Manhattan, the Manhattan Crisis Center, Fairy Godmothers, First Congregational UCC, Flint Hills Breadbasket, Flint Hills Christian School, Flint Hills Community Clinic, Manhattan Arts Center, Manhattan Catholic Schools, Manhattan Emergency Center, Manhattan Kiwanis, Pawnee Mental Health, Roger Trenary Tennis and Education Fund, Shepherd’s Crossing, Sunflower CASA, UFM, Flint Hills Foster Teen Campus, GMCF Operations Endowment, Homecare and Hospice, United Way of Riley County and Wonder Workshop.

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