Community residents stepped up their charitable giving this year during the SC Give Giving Tuesday event on Nov. 27 in the Stanwood and Camano Island area.
In preliminary tallies, the continuous charitable giving from midnight Monday to midnight Tuesday gathered an estimated $46,500 of the $75,000 goal to help with 21 projects through 19 area organizations, according to Bev Pronishan, Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation executive director.
“While just an impression, I think we had better community engagement this year, … with a larger percentage of first-time donors,” Pronishian said, noting it will take some time to arrive at the total donations.
“The website numbers at this point are not complete,” she said, explaining that some gifts through PayPal didn’t show up, donations made before Giving Tuesday weren’t included and prizes awarded have yet to be added to the tally.
Even so, Pronishian said at least five projects met or exceeded their donation goals, including those for scholarships, baby and hygiene supplies, bullying prevention and dental care for animals. Many projects collected about half of what they had hoped for.
See SCGive.org to see the Giving Tuesday tallies and learn about the projects.
Organized by the Stanwood Camano Area Foundation and others, the 24-hour online donation drive offered a number of opportunities for donors to win prizes for the organization of their choice.
Every donor also was entered in a drawing for a Swag Bag valued at $1,000 or more. Gina Johnson of Stanwood won.
Prize funds of $3,500, primarily in matching funds from sponsors such as Re/Max, were available to help donors increase their gifts to the 19 organizations, Pronishan said.
Camano Animal Shelter Association won the $500 Early Bird Prize for the project with the most donations between midnight and 9 a.m. Safe Harbor Free Clinic won the $500 Night Owl Prize for receiving the most donations between 9 p.m. and midnight.
Evening donors helped win $250 Happy Hour prizes (to match donations between 5-6 p.m.) for CASA, Camano Arts Association, Hope Unlimited and the Stanwood Community & Senior Center.
Philanthropist Hour prizes (to match donations between noon and 1 p.m.) went to 11 projects on the donation list: Stanwood Bank Boosters won $300. Camano Center and SC Food Bank’s Food & Diapers for Babies won $200 each. AAUW, Camano Arts Association, Community Resource Center’s Basic Needs and Home Share, SC Food Bank / Hygiene Products, Stanwood Area Historical Society, Village Community Services and the Stanwood Camano YMCA each won $100.
Many of the organizations joined ranks to hold open houses, where potential donors could learn more about each group’s vision, goals and accomplishments.
“This was the first year we tried the open house idea, and while some did really well, others had no visitors at all,” Pronishan said. “We’ll probably do that differently next year and just do the locations that are naturally more high traffic.”