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Day Of Giving Helps Local Non-Profit Organizations

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - There is a friendly funding battle going on in Pittsburgh today among non-profit organizations.

On this Day of Giving, they are reaching out to encourage individuals to help.

Hundreds of non-profit organizations in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties hope people realize it is more blessed to give than to receive.

"Pittsburgh in general is a very philanthropic and generous community and days like this really call attention to the need to support non-profit organizations," Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council CEO Mitch Swain said.

Today, organizations around the region are soliciting donations from supporters. The minimum gift is just $25, with donations supporting those operations.

"We receive some support from other local foundations that are a little bit bigger than us, but a lot of our money also comes from individuals, which Day of Giving is a fantastic opportunity to tap into the individuals and their support then goes into the projects that we are supporting," Kathleen Radock from The Sprout Fund said.

The Sprout Fund in Garfield provides seed money to groups around town ranging from a few hundred to as much as $15,000.

At midnight Thursday, the Pittsburgh Foundation will split up a pool of $750,000 provided by five funds in town to Allegheny County non-profits. There is an additional $95,000 for Westmoreland County with a maximum of $1,000 in matching funds per donation.

One of the people giving is Phil Bartholomae, owner of Breezy Hill Farm in Homeworth, Ohio. He's a vendor at the Farmers' Market in Market Square.

"This has been a fantastic market. There's a lot of shoppers who come out," Bartholomae said.

Phil's gift to the Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership will help them keep the market running.

"Really it is all a matter of people getting really excited about this, coming out, making a gift online. It's really easy to do at Very simple process and every gift will be matched," Swain said.

Any gift made before midnight at will be credited to the organization of your choice.


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