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CRCF to Lead Cattaraugus Gives, County-wide Giving Day, Nov. 28


For 24 hours on Nov. 28, the community will have the opportunity to support nearly 40 nonprofits in Cattaraugus County during the first-ever day of giving in Cattaraugus County, Cattaraugus Gives.

The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation will lead Cattaraugus Gives as part of the highly successful #NYGIVESDAY program, which last year raised over $11 million across New York State.

Organizations and CRCF funds registered to participate include:

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  • Community Fund (CRCF)
  • Saving Grace Outreach
  • Healthy Community Alliance
  • Cornell Cooperative Extensions in Cattaraugus County
  • Blount Library
  • Cattaraugus County Arts Council
  • St. Elizabeth Mission Society
  • Canticle Farm
  • Renodin Foundation
  • Olean Food Pantry Inc.
  • Cattaraugus County Suicide Prevention Coalition Fund
  • Meals on Wheels of Cattaraugus County/Friends of Aging Fund
  • The ReHabalitation Foundation
  • YMCA of the Twin Tiers
  • HomeCare & Hospice Foundation
  • Pink Pumpkin Project
  • Olean City School District Foundation
  • Olean Theatre Workshop
  • African American Center for Cultural Development
  • Olean Community Theatre
  • Interfaith Caregivers
  • Southern Tier Symphony
  • Allegany-Cattaraugus-Chautauqua Fund For Women
  • Olean Parks Beautification Fund
  • Rural Revitalization Corps
  • Parent Education Program
  • Southern Tier Health Care System
  • CAReS (Council on Addiction and Recovery Services)
  • Pfeiffer Nature Center
  • Olean Business Development Corporation
  • Citizens Advocating Memorial Preservation (C.A.M.P.)
  • Olean General Hospital Foundation
  • Southern Tier Catholic School and Archbishop Walsh Academy
  • Empire Animal Rescue Society (EARS)
  • Joyful Rescues
  • Friends of the Olean Public Library
  • Kids and Cancer Fund
  • Wild Spirit Education
  • Young Entrepreneurs Academy  

Donors can give easily and quickly online at all day on Nov. 28 to any of these organizations. Donors can search for organizations by name and location.

A gift to any participating organization on Nov. 28 may also help them win monetary incentives, up to $5,000, being offered by CRCF. Those incentives are as follows:

  • Most unique donors ($1,500) Second place ($1,000)
  • 1st gift prize – for organization that receives the first gift on giving day ($250)
  • Early bird prize – Most unique donors between 7 and 8 a.m. ($500)
  • Morning Coffee Prize – most unique donors between 9 and 10 a.m. ($500)
  • Happy hour prize – most unique donors between 4 and 6 p.m. ($500)
  • Last hoorah prize – most unique donors between 11 and 12 p.m. ($500)
  • From a donor far away – awarded to organization with gift from farthest away based on credit card billing address ($150)

According to CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit, the board of directors decided to offer incentives to celebrate the work of area nonprofits and the spirit of giving.

“We try to support our area nonprofits year-round in any capacity we can – whether it be as a grantmaker, an advisor or a community collaborator,” said Ms. Buchheit. “We are always amazed at what these agencies do to help the community, and this is our opportunity to give back to them.”

“We trust that the community will come forward and lend its support to the organizations who work so hard to provide essential services,” Ms. Buchheit added. “Cattaraugus Gives is about raising money, but it is just as much about giving Cattaraugus a stronger future.”

Donors can give to any of the participating organizations on Nov. 28 simply by visiting

Established in 1994, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email, or visit online at CRCF is also on Facebook ( and Twitter (@CattFoundation).


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