Scranton Area Community Foundation Hosts 4th Annual NEPA Gives June 1-2250+ local nonprofits joining together for historic giving day
Scranton, PA – The Scranton Area Community Foundation, in partnership with The Luzerne Foundation, Wayne County Community Foundation, Carbon County Community Foundation, Greater Pike Community Foundation, Posture Interactive, and other community sponsors, will host the fourth annual NEPA Gives event on Thursday, June 1, until Friday, June 2, 2023. Promoted as the largest philanthropy event in Northeastern Pennsylvania, NEPA Gives is a 24-hour online giving extravaganza that’s all about giving back to the community.
NEPA Gives aims to raise awareness about the critical work nonprofit organizations carry out across the region and aims to help charitable organizations raise much-needed funds. Over 250 nonprofit organizations from across eight counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania will participate in NEPA Gives. Donations to participating nonprofit organizations are accepted at nepagives.org from 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars in matching funds, incentives, and prizes have been secured, provided by various community partners, businesses, and sponsors that make donations to participating nonprofits during NEPA Gives stretch even further.
Adding to the excitement, to celebrate NEPA Gives, there will be in-person events in Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wayne counties. A NEPA Gives kickoff event, hosted by the Luzerne Foundation, Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Scranton Area Community Foundation, will be held on Thursday, June 1, from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Rodano’s in Wilkes Barre. There will also be a NEPA Gives kickoff event at the Settlers Inn in Hawley, sponsored by the Settlers Cares Foundation in partnership with Wayne County Community Foundation and Pike County Community Foundation. On Friday, June 2, The Scranton Area Community Foundation is hosting an in-person NEPA Gives ‘Give Gathering’ closing celebration that will be held at the Hilton Scranton Conference Center from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., to coincide with First Friday Scranton. The Give Gathering will include live entertainment, giveaways, real-time and live-streamed updates on NEPA Gives, and opportunities for the general public to meet many of the participating nonprofits. All of these events are free to attend. More information can be found at nepagives.org/info/kickoffevent.
To celebrate this historical and monumental giving day, both Scranton Mayor Paige Gebhardt Cognetti and Wilkes-Barre Mayor George Brown have made official proclamations declaring June 1-2, 2023 as NEPA Gives Day.
“NEPA Gives is all about supporting the charities that are doing important work right here in Northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Laura Ducceschi, President and CEO of the Scranton Area Community Foundation. “We have teamed up with various community partners and businesses eager to provide support for NEPA Gives and we are thrilled to announce that we have secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in incentives, bonuses, and matching funds available to participating nonprofits which helps make charitable donations go further during NEPA Gives. This year, we are looking forward to gathering in person in Wilkes-Barre, Hawley, and Scranton to celebrate the momentum of NEPA Gives and highlight the generosity of our region, and the good work of the many nonprofits taking part in NEPA Gives.”
Members of the community wishing to make a contribution for NEPA Gives can visit nepagives.org anytime between 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, and 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2023, to make a secure donation to any of the 250+ participating nonprofit organizations.
This is the fourth year for NEPA Gives. In the past three years, NEPA Gives has raised nearly $3 million for hundreds of local nonprofit organizations in Northeastern Pennsylvania.