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Armstrong foundation matches 17 cents for each $1 donated on Day of Giving

| Saturday, May 17, 2014, 12:46 a.m.

The Armstrong County Community Foundation had its most profitable Day of Giving last week and was able to give $339,140 to 49 nonprofits once collections were tallied.

The foundation collected $289,140 in donations and used its own $50,000 to give each nonprofit an additional 17 cents for every dollar donated during the May 8 event, said Director Mindy Knappenberger. After the Day of Giving, the foundation received another $12,037 in donations.

“Our goal is to help nonprofits by giving them donations, but also helping to cultivate more donors,” Knappenberger said. “Each year, we give our nonprofits a list of everyone who gave them donations, so hopefully they can build relationships with donors to keep growing.”

Grace Christian School in West Kittanning received $36,152, the highest amount of donations during the event. The school received a $6,145 match from the foundation.

Crystal Emminger, an administrative assistant at Grace Christian, said the school has participated in the Day of Giving since its inception in 2011. The school had 50 students and their families at the event this year.

“Fundraising can be tough because, really, how many bake sales can we actually hold?” Emminger said. “It's nice people are generous, because prices are going up for everyone, including us, and this helps us continue offering our services.”

The school, which offers classes for students in preschool through tenth grade, wants to expand its curriculum to include grades 11 and 12, Emminger said.

“This donation is truly a blessing because it will help us be able to begin expanding and getting ready to take on more students,” Emminger said. “We're going to need to start adding more classrooms and purchasing some equipment to accommodate more students.”

Knappenberger said the foundation is beginning plans for next year's Day of Giving on May 7.

“We're really hoping to see this event keep growing,” she said. “Next year, we're hoping to collect enough to give out over $500,000.”

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or bpedersen@tribweb.com.

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