Tuesday giving event to benefit local charities

PARKERSBURG – Mid-Ohio Valley residents have the chance to double or triple – or more – their donations to local charities Tuesday.

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and its regional affiliates are holding Give Local MOV from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. May 6. It’s part of a national day of giving, celebrating the 100th anniversary of community foundations in the United States.

“The thought is this is one day of giving that will highlight the importance of community foundations to their nonprofits,” said Judy Sjostedt, executive director of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation.

Donations can be made online to any of 38 organizations in Wood, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason and Ritchie counties. The contributions will go directly to the organizations as a grant, and the foundation itself has set aside $20,000 to match donations of $100 or more with contributions to the permanent funds of the organizations.

In addition, many private and business donors have set up challenge and prize funds for certain organizations, meaning there is more than $40,000 that can be leveraged by contributions on Tuesday.

“We have a donor family who’s offered up $500 for the first $500 given to the Salvation Army” of Parkersburg, Sjostedt said.

In addition, another family contributed $6,000 to be distributed as matching funds among organizations serving “vulnerable citizens,” like the homeless, people needing food and low-income residents. Combined with the foundation’s own matching funds, a gift of $500 to the Salvation Army could draw down an additional $1,500.

The foundation will also match gifts to other organizations that don’t qualify for the vulnerable citizens match, a maximum of $1,000 per agency up to $6,000.

There is $500 each in additional matching grants available for foundations supporting Parkersburg, Parkersburg South and Williamstown high schools, Parkersburg Catholic schools and Wood County Christian, Sjostedt said.

One family has promised to match single gifts of $500, $1,000 and $1,500 to the Good Samaritan Clinic.

Meanwhile, local businesses are providing 15 additional prizes based on which organization receives the most donations in certain periods of time, who has the most unique donors and who raises the most money overall.

Details on those prizes can be found at www.givelocalmov.org, along with a leaderboard that will track how each organization is faring Tuesday. Sjostedt said the friendly competition is just one more way to encourage people to donate.

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and its affiliates manage more than 400 funds. Because of the large number, this competition was limited to charitable funds that benefit a nonprofit organization, Sjostedt said.