PITTSBURG — To kick-off the charitable season, people can donate to a charity of their choice and the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas will match their donation to boost the impact of their gift.
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the popular shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy.
This year, the foundation is designating $30,000 from available grant funds for Match Day on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
The $30,000 match pool will be divided between the participating organizations in proportion to the total amount raised, not to exceed 20 percent of the total match and 100 percent of the donation and the match amount will be placed in the organization’s endowed fund, a release said.
Thanks to the generous donations from the community, the foundation raised $110,000 for 17 organizations and schools, “which will help create long-term impact for the organizations for generations to come,” Community Foundation Executive Director Kit Parks said. The community raised over $83,000 and the foundation had a $27,000 match that year.
“It’s really of the mission of the foundation to make our community a better place to live by supporting causes that help people in our community, not only help them but the community as a whole,” Parks said.
All sizes of donations are accepted, Parks said, adding the foundation wants the community to be involved in the day of giving.
“Anyone can join this campaign because we really do know these local organizations are significant and make a difference in our community,” Parks said.
Want to donate?
On Nov. 27, donations can be made online at www.southeastkansas.org, in person at the Community Foundation office at 100 S. Broadway, Suite 100, Pittsburg, KS on or before Nov. 27, or by check mailed to PO Box 1448, Pittsburg, KS 66762 with a postmark no later than Nov. 28.
Participating Match Day organizations include: Angels Among Us, Baxter Springs Historical Society, Big Brutus, Inc., Family Resource Center, Food Security Fund (Wesley House), Frontenac Education Foundation, Healthcare Access for All, J.L. Hutchinson Baseball League, Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters,  Mount Carmel Foundation, Northeast USD 246 Education Foundation, Pittsburg Beautiful, Pittsburg Mother to Mother Ministry, Pittsburg Public Library Foundation, SEK Humane Society, St. Mary’s Colgan Catholic Schools, The Lord’s Diner, The Salvation Army (Sr. Citizens Program), United Way of SW MO & SE KS, USD 250 Educational Foundation.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.