A tidal wave of donations poured in the Live PC Give PC "Day of Giving," and education-based nonprofits were a healthy part of where donations went. The top recipients during the event included the Park City Education Foundation, the Park City Day School and Holy Cross Ministries, all of which had specific education-related missions outlined for where the Day of Giving funds would be used.
"Education is definitely a priority for our community," said Trisha Worthington, the Executive Director of the Park City Foundation, the nonprofit responsible for coordinating the event. "You can see that in the giving, in what organizations people have supported."
"Education program are in nearly every nonprofit though," she added, "whether it's Friends of Animals, Youthlinc or Recycle Utah. They are in classrooms, in every single public school. The Peach House, for example, provides a lot of education to kids at the Park City Day School, Weilenmann School of Discovery, and every public school, information about being safe and abuse education. A lot of people don't realize that."
Live PC Give PC, a one-day online fundraiser for Park City and Summit County nonprofits, was held on Friday last week and raised $595,000 in 24 hours. The event was created to help raise money for nonprofits ranging from maintaining hiking trails to hosting cultural events to providing supplies to those in need. Last year, the single-day event raised $330,000 for 55 nonprofits, with funds coming from 1,500 donors. This year the Park City Foundation set a new goal to raise $500,000 which it surpassed, but the Park City Foundation also hoped to get new donors to participate. With a total of 2,698 donors, the event had nearly 1,200 more participants.
"We surpassed our goals," said Worthington, "both in the amount of money raised, but also the number of donors, which was equally important."
The Park City Education Foundation raised more than last year, totaling $18,173 with 261 donors. PCEF changed its strategy, creating individual pages for every school where parents could donated to their child's school, sponsoring everything from scholarship funds to field trips. The Park City Day School also raised more than last year, totaling $24,271 with 222 donors. Holy Cross Ministries, which was working to raise money for its School Readiness Program for preschoolers, raised $6,500 through 73 unique donors.
All three were featured as nonprofit leaders on the Live PC Give PC website.
The Park City Foundation is currently seeking feedback from the community, both nonprofits and donors, on its website to improve the event next year. To provide feedback, visit www.livepcgivepc.com.