The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced that it raised nearly $6.5 million for local nonprofits during its third-annual Day of Giving on October 4, including $750,000 in matching funds.
Over a 24-hour period, more than 13,600 individual contributions were made through the foundation's PittsburghGives Web site. Individual contributions processed through the site from midnight Tuesday until midnight Wednesday totaled $5.15 million, with those gifts each receiving an equal pro-rated share of $750,000 in matching funds, for a total of $5.9 million. A simultaneous Day of Giving for Westmoreland County received gifts totaling nearly $440,000, with those contributions sharing a match pool of $100,000.
In addition to funds provided by the Pittsburgh Foundation, the match pool was supported by the Jack G. Buncher Charitable Fund and a number of local funding partners, including the Buhl Foundation, the Heinz Endowments, and the Leonard C. Grasso Charitable Foundation. As was the case last year, a separate match pool of $100,000 was available for donors contributing to nonprofit organizations in Westmoreland County.
"This was a tremendous outpouring of support for the charitable programs which contribute so much to the well-being and quality of life in our community," said Pittsburgh Foundation president and CEO Grant Oliphant. "Our event [this week] pumped nearly $6.5 million into the resources of nonprofits serving Allegheny and Westmoreland counties in some of the most difficult economic conditions our community has ever experienced. This demonstrates the progress our nonprofits are making in reaching out to their supporters using social media and online technology."