Do More 24 returns to do even more for nonprofits

 

DOVER — The inaugural Do More 24 United Way-sponsored online fundraiser did so much for nonprofit organizations throughout the state last year that it has returned for an encore.

The second annual Do More 24 Delaware online fundraiser takes place today. The event actually started at 12:00 a.m. and it will continue until midnight tonight while benefiting more than 200 nonprofits.

Last year’s Do More 24 Delaware fundraiser raised a total of $97,736 for more than 200 participating nonprofits.

Michelle Taylor, president and CEO of United Way of Delaware, was certainly impressed by last year’s results.

“This is a remarkable demonstration of our community uniting to raise much needed funding for programs and services that meet our community’s needs,” she said, after reviewing the numbers of last year’s fundraiser.

Those first-year numbers were the catalyst for bringing the charitable event back for another year.

“Last year’s inaugural event was pretty phenomenal,” said Deb Jewell, director of marketing for Dover Federal Credit Union, one of the fundraiser’s sponsors. “It’s nice because it keeps everything local.

“Some campaigns and telethons are on a national level so nobody really feels the impact. Here, the majority of nonprofits are able to feel an impact. This is just a great way to take a stand on that day to kind of support them locally.”

To donate to a nonprofit organization in today’s fundraiser online, go to www.domore24delaware.com. Individuals who donate $52 or more will be automatically entered to win a Kia.

“It’s an added incentive to win the Kia,” Ms. Jewell said, “and keeping those funds local makes a huge difference.”

Last year, the Schwartz Center for the Arts in downtown Dover raised the most money of all of the nonprofits. The Schwartz was able to raise $9,398 from 86 donors.

Kingswood Community Center in Wilmington came in a distant second with $5,582 from 72 donors.

Last year’s fundraiser was a boon for the Schwartz Center, especially considering that it had learned just prior to the Do More 24 event that regular donations it had received from both Delaware State University and Wesley College would be curbed.

“If it were not for these two institutions, the Schwartz Center for the Arts would not be where it is today,” the Schwartz Center said in a statement last year. “For this reason, the new Board of Directors and the executive director have kicked into high gear to survive.”

The Schwartz Center will be a participant once again in this year’s Do More 24 Delaware fundraiser.

Last year, the Schwartz went above and beyond just online fundraising by holding an outdoor celebration on State Street for locals to enjoy food trucks, live music and tours of the historic theater.

“It’s phenomenal how it all works,” Ms. Jewell said. “The Schwartz Center is a participant again this year. They certainly gave 110 percent last year.”

Delaware State News staff writer Mike Finney can be reached at mfinney@newszap.com.

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