Keep on giving!
Submitted by Leslie Scoby
Window Opening has been a popular tradition in Sabetha for many years, and the Greater Sabetha Community Foundation (GSCF) has found it to also be a good day for charitable giving. On Friday, Nov. 23, the third annual Give to Grow Day will be held to encourage people to give to their favorite charitable causes.
The first Give to Grow Day was held in 2017, and more than $132,000 was given to funds — non-profit organizations or community projects — held by the GSCF. Last year, more than $127,000 was donated to 31 funds. There were 21 funds the first year, and this year there are 35 worthwhile causes for donors to support through their tax deductible charitable contributions.
GSCF exists to help provide support to any existing non-profit organization, charitable agency or community based project that depends on charitable contributions. Many of these organizations are finally receiving the recognition and support they deserve because of this public event. Log in to www.givetogrowday.com to learn more and to look over the fund list.
Sixty-five thousand dollars is available this year in matching dollars and prize money. The Sabetha Health and Wellness Facility received a match of $50,000 for the walking track and gymnasium flooring. Every donation of $25 or more will be matched by $.50 on the $1. For example, a donation of $100 becomes $150. An anonymous donor came forward with this generous contribution.
United Bank and Trust has pledged $20,000 for the next four years to build the endowment for GSCF. UBT, Kent and Donna Saylor and Von and Jerre Lauer have combined for a total of $11,000 matching dollars for endowed funds, to encourage endowment building. All donations to endowed funds will be matched dollar for dollar.
An endowed fund generates interest to be used as grants per the fund holder’s request. Therefore, the capital is never touched, ensuring that the donor’s gift is a permanent source of funding for the community. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.
There will be $4,000 given away in hourly drawings at the walk-in site at 905 Main Street in Sabetha. Your donation will help some non-profits win cash prizes throughout the day. The prize money has been donated by GSCF Board, Rainbow Communications, Scoby Bros., the Lauers, and two other local families.
Sabetha has proven itself to be a generous community, and the Board of Directors and Ambassadors of the Greater Sabetha Community Foundation encourage everyone to become involved in this organization that exists solely to benefit the local community, residents and projects. If you are unable to walk in, your donation can be accepted at the online giving site — www.givetogrowday.com — and you can keep up with the leaderboard throughout the day.