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After months of planning, coordinating and preparation, the El Dorado Community Foundation in partnership with the El Dorado County Office of Education, launched the first “Give Where You Live” event here in El Dorado County. This one-day event was staged to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of community foundations throughout the nation and designed to showcase each community’s nonprofit organizations. In El Dorado County, the event was named “Give Where You Live.” At the end of the day, this small community in the foothills of the Sierras showed its true colors, giving generously to bring in $152,000 in support of the various “needs” that 50 of our local nonprofits highlighted on their individualized Web pages.
Bill Roby, executive director at the Foundation, stated, “It was quite a process, and certainly not one we had any previous experience with, but we were thrilled to watch as it unfolded and the entire community rallied around in support. As marquees went up throughout the county, matching gift offers materialized, nonprofits sent news blasts and/or letters to the newspaper and businesses offered their locations as drop-off locations, the buzz took hold and all of those things combined are what made the day such a success.”
The Western Slope Boys & Girls Club was one of the participating nonprofits who were beneficiaries of myriad gifts as a result of this event. Executive Director Sean McCartney said, “The Club is extremely appreciative to the El Dorado Community Foundation for the hard work that went into the May 6 Give Where You Live event. Thanks to this event we were able to raise $27,000 for our new building. There is no doubt that our success was a result of the enthusiasm that was generated across the county. Our thanks go out again to all of those who donated to our club, and to those who supported the other worthy organizations on this truly special day.”
Megan Buchanan, Donor Services oordinator at the Foundation, was quick to defer kudos to her for her efforts saying, “None of this could have happened without the help and expertise of the tech department at the County Office of Education; they were amazing.” Buchanan also reported that there was a definite learning curve with this first roll-out and that the Foundation will be gathering feedback from those involved in order to inject measures that will serve to ensure an even better event next year.
The El Dorado Community Foundation is a 501© (3) designated nonprofit in the state of California. For more information about the work of the Foundation, visit eldoradocf.org, or its office at 312 Main Street in Placerville.
El Dorado Community Foundation