During the Week of Giving anyone can be a philanthropist.

Bridge Builders Community Foundations has created the first area-wide Week of Giving event to benefit area nonprofits in Clarion, Forest, Venango and Jefferson counties.  This initiative will spur collective charitable giving that will be prorated through the community foundation allowing donors to maximize their donations.

The Week of Giving also creates awareness for the community, economic, social and educational needs of rural northwest Pennsylvania.  This is the biggest collective giving initiative in these communities to date.  Anyone can truly be a philanthropist.

The Week of Giving event kicks off on Monday, March 20 at 8 AM and will run until 11:59 PM on Friday, March 24.

The time is now.
Other communities in Western Pennsylvania such as Erie and Pittsburgh have successfully launched giving campaigns and we believe now is the perfect time to develop a similar campaign that will address the needs of our rural communities and the charities that support them.

This campaign was the next natural step in supporting area nonprofits after Bridge Builders Community Foundations launched their “Community Wish List” initiative a few years ago.  There were dozens of nonprofits who weren’t eligible for grants through the community foundation’s funds or who needed additional funding to complete a project, so Bridge Builders Community Foundations began posting an up-to-date list of those nonprofits on our web site and tracking their needs.  We also offered to accept donations on their behalf and manage those donations at no cost to the nonprofits.

You can have a major role in maximizing philanthropic impact in rural northwest Pennsylvania.  And not just an impact that will be felt next year or in five years…but collective impact that moves the dial and creates a shift today.  Impact that will be delivered now.

There are many ways to participate.

  • Nonprofits can be involved by enrolling and being vetted to receive donations from donors during the Week of Giving.  Their donations will be prorated and they can be eligible for other cash or package incentives for the most individual donations received and the most amount raised during the Week of Giving.
  • Individuals can give secure online donations through the Week of Giving platform.  Donors may select multiple nonprofits and varying donation amounts for each within the same transaction.  Their donations are prorated through the Bridge Builders Community Foundations matching funds account.
  • Companies can sponsor the Week of Giving to help us with our philanthropic education and outreach as well as contribute to the Bridge Builders Community Foundations matching funds account.  Additionally businesses may choose to encourage their employees to give and provide a corporate pledge to match employee contributions up to a certain amount.