Cattaraugus Gives raises nearly $32,000 for nonprofits

In its second year Cattaraugus Gives, Cattaraugus County’s Day of Giving, raised nearly $32,000 for area nonprofits.

The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation again led efforts to organize nonprofits in Cattaraugus County to together raise funds to support each’s respective mission and added $5,000 in incentives.

Those efforts culminated in 47 nonprofits together raising $31,958.52 in online and offline donations from 640 donors, according to Kirk Windus, CRCF communications and fund development coordinator and Cattaraugus Gives organizer. Both of those figures exceed the totals set in 2017.

“With this being our second time organizing and leading a Giving Day program we thought we knew what to expect,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit. “But the support that the community provided and the hard work and time that participating nonprofits put into this year exceeded our expectations.

“We were extremely pleased with the local results, but also thrilled that so many of our partner nonprofits performed so well that they earned recognition statewide,” Buchheit added.

Five nonprofits in Cattaraugus Gives ranked among the top 25 of all organizations in New York state in most money raised during the 24-hour period of statewide NYGives. Four also ranked in the top 25 in highest number of donors, Windus added.

Furthermore, the Olean City School District Foundation claimed the prize for most donors in the entire state.

The Community Foundation awarded a total $5,000 in prize money to participating organizations. Those awarded included:

  • Most unique donors – First place ($1,500), Second place ($1,000)
    • 1st place: Olean City School District Foundation, 2nd: Empire Animal Rescue Society
  • 1st gift prize – for organization that receives the first gift on giving day ($250)
    • Olean Theatre Workshop
  • Early bird prize – Most unique donors between 7 and 8 a.m. ($500)
    • Olean City School District Foundation
  • Morning Coffee Prize – most unique donors between 9 and 10 a.m. ($500)
    • Southern Tier Health Care System
  • Happy hour prize – most unique donors between 4 and 6 p.m. ($500)
    • Empire Animal Rescue Society
  • Last hoorah prize – most unique donors between 11 and 12 p.m. ($500)
    • African American Center for Cultural Development
  • From a donor far away – awarded to organization with gift from farthest away based on credit card billing address ($250)
    • Olean General Hospital Foundation

At the state level Olean City School District Foundation earned $500 for having the most unique donors of the 231 nonprofits participating in NYGives and ranked 7th overall for dollars raised.

Other area nonprofits ranking in the top 25 for number of donors were: Empire Animal Rescue Society (#4), the African American Center for Cultural Development (#12) and Joyful Rescues, Inc (#21). Those four nonprofits along with the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation also ranked in the top of 25 of amount raised, with the African American Center for Cultural Development ranking 15th, Empire Animal Rescue Society in 20th, CRCF in 21st and Joyful Rescues, Inc. ranking 24th.

“On behalf of everyone at the Foundation we congratulate this year’s prize winners,” Buchheit said. “Even more than that, we want to congratulate every organization involved in this day and all of the donors that helped make this such a success.

“I hope that this is another sign of the amazing things that can happen when our community embraces the spirit of giving.”

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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