Cattaraugus Gives, the successful 24-hour fundraising challenge led by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, will return this year on Nov. 27, with the hopes of making an even greater impact in 2018.

In 2017, 40 nonprofit organizations together raised nearly $29,000 to benefit programs and projects in Cattaraugus County during Cattaraugus Gives. CRCF also offered $5,200 in monetary incentives to participating organizations for a total impact of more than $33,000 in the region.

“We were really proud of the Cattaraugus Gives program’s success last year,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit. “We want to continue to grow the number of participating organizations and dollars raised to continue supporting the nonprofits that provide such essential programs in our region every day.”

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The Cattaraugus Gives program again will be part of the highly successful #NYGIVESDAY which will provide the online platform. Local participation is open to any 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization in Cattaraugus County.

Organizations can register today at nygivesday.org/register.

Organizations that would like to participate in Cattaraugus Gives are asked to call Kirk Windus, CRCF communications and fund development coordinator, at 716-301-2723 to learn more and register for the chance to earn monetary incentives as well.

CRCF will again be offering up to $5,000 in prize money to participating organizations, said Buchheit.

“We saw the participating nonprofits have a lot of fun engaging in friendly competition last year,” Buchheit said. “It was exciting to see the way those prizes added to what organizations raised during the day. I believe it really helped make a difference.”

CRCF is again offering free workshops to organizations interested in participating in Cattaraugus Gives to help them get the most out of their giving day campaigns.

The first workshop will be held after CRCF’s Nonprofit Networking Day at St. Bonaventure University on October 17. Organizations are encouraged to register for the workshop at cattfoundation.org/NND.

Organizations that wish to attend only the Cattaraugus Gives workshop at NND may contact Windus by email at kirk@cattfoundation.org or by phone at 716-301-2723.

The success of one participating organization last year summed up the spirit of Cattaraugus Gives for Buchheit.

“One of the groups participating last year stressed to us before the day that they have to be so dedicated to their mission that time for fundraising is hard to find,” she said. “However, they worked very hard on their campaign and ended up raising over $3,000 and then won an additional prize.

“We are continuing with Cattaraugus Gives again this year because we want to see more of those stories, and we want to encourage the community to continue its support of these organizations,” Buchheit said.

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 foundation@cattfoundation.org, or visit online at www.cattfoundation.org. CRCF is also on Facebook (facebook.com/cattfoundation) and Twitter (@CattFoundation).