The Topeka Community Foundation announced today the widely popular “Topeka Gives” event, which began in 2013 as part of the organization’s 30th Anniversary celebration, is returning for a third year on June 2, 2015 inside Fairlawn Plaza Mall.
“We are pleased to announce that after fully evaluating the impact of Topeka Gives, we will again, be providing an opportunity for our community to support the causes they care about at Topeka Gives 2015,” said Foundation Vice President Marsha Pope. “We feel this event adds value to the charitable fabric of our community.”
Support of the event has grown from 75 organizations in 2013 to 111 in 2014 and from $189,000 in 2013 to more than $308,000 contributed in 2014. The Foundation provided $30,000 in “match money” in 2013 and $35,000 in 2014. In 2015, $56,500.00 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.”
“It’s exciting to us that interest in this day, which brings us together around the idea of charitable giving, is growing. It speaks volumes about our community that individuals and companies would want to support Topeka Gives by growing the matching funds,” Pope said. “We hope that in 2015 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.”
Nonprofit organizations which were not part of the 2014 event but would like to participate in Topeka Gives 2015 should contact the Topeka Community Foundation. Informational meetings to provide event details will be hosted in early 2015.
The mission of the Topeka Community Foundation is to connect donors with their interests and community needs, increase charitable giving in the community, provide leadership on key community issues and ensure stewardship and accountability for effective community investment of donor dollars.