“Topeka Gives,” an all-day event centered around charitable giving, is slated for Tuesday, June 7, 2016 inside Fairlawn Plaza Mall. This year, 157 nonprofit organizations will be participating and the “match money” has grown to $73,500. “It’s exciting to us that interest in this day, which brings us together around the idea of charitable giving, continues to grow,” said Foundation President Marsha Pope.
Support of the event has grown from 75 organizations in 2013 to 111 in 2014 and to 132 in 2014. Contributions have grown from $189,000 in 2013 to more than $308,824 in 2014 and $434,016 in 2015. The Foundation provided $30,000 in “match money” in 2013, $35,000 in 2014 and $60,000 in 2015. In 2016, $73,500.00 will be provided in matching funds. Area donors and businesses, seeing the impact of this event on the community, have made contributions toward the pool of funds used as “match money.” All gifts received will be matched on a proportional basis.
“We hope that in 2016 people will again join us and not only contribute to the causes they care about but learn more about the organizations in our community that provide outstanding programs and services for our neighbors, friends and families,” Pope said.