Cattaraugus Gives raises nearly $29,000 for nonprofits

The first ever day of giving in Cattaraugus County, Cattaraugus Gives, raised nearly $29,000 for area nonprofits.

The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation led the effort to gather over 40 nonprofits in Cattaraugus County to collaborate and engage in friendly fundraising competition on Giving Tuesday, November 28.

In all, the participating nonprofits together raised $28,560 in online and offline donations to support their respective causes, according to Kirk Windus, CRCF communications and fund development coordinator, who coordinated the local event. Nonprofits state-wide raised over $15 million through the NYGIVESDAY program.

“Being our first year leading a giving day, we had a lot of optimism, but were not sure what to expect,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit. “The support that the community provided and the energy and hard work of the participating nonprofits made it a very special day that far exceeded our expectations.”

The Community Foundation also awarded a total $5,200 of monetary incentives to participating organizations. Those awarded included:

  • Pre-event marketing incentive ($100)

– Cattaraugus County Arts Council

  • StrOlean’s favorite nonprofit ($200)

-Olean Community Theatre

  • Most unique donors – First place ($1,500), Second place ($1,000)

1st place: Empire Animal Rescue Society, 2nd: Southern Tier Health Care System

  • 1st gift prize – for organization that receives the first gift on giving day ($250)

-Olean City School District Foundation

  • Early bird prize – Most unique donors between 7 and 8 a.m. ($500)

-Empire Animal Rescue Society

  • Morning Coffee Prize – most unique donors between 9 and 10 a.m. ($500)

-Pink Pumpkin Project

  • Happy hour prize – most unique donors between 4 and 6 p.m. ($500)

-SPCA in Cattaraugus County

  • Last hoorah prize – most unique donors between 11 and 12 p.m. ($500)

-Pfeiffer Nature Center

  • From a donor far away – awarded to organization with gift from farthest away based on credit card billing address ($150)

-Canticle Farm, Cornell Cooperative Extensions

“On behalf of everyone at the Foundation we want to congratulate the hardworking organizations that won these incentives and offer our sincere thanks to the community that so generously supported the Cattaraugus Gives efforts,” Ms. Buchheit said.

“Our hope is that we can make the next giving day an even bigger success and make this sort of excitement around giving habitual and year-round.”

Established in 1994, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email, or visit online at CRCF is also on Facebook ( and Twitter (@CattFoundation).

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