Giving Tuesday a chance show the Shore Gives More; 13 Somerset County organizations taking part

In Crisfield you can donate and have a free lunch at the Tawes Museum

Crisfield-Somerset County Times
Posted 11/19/21

SALISBURY — The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore is again making it easy to donate to more than 120 area nonprofits during Giving Tuesday, the 24-hour online giving event held on the …

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Giving Tuesday a chance show the Shore Gives More; 13 Somerset County organizations taking part

In Crisfield you can donate and have a free lunch at the Tawes Museum

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SALISBURY — The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore is again making it easy to donate to more than 120 area nonprofits during Giving Tuesday, the 24-hour online giving event held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

Donors can actually start Nov. 22, or wait until Nov. 30, when one of Somerset County’s 13 participants is inviting donors of $10 or more to stop by and have a free lunch.

The campaign is called The Shore Gives More, and the Community Foundation is assisting nonprofits in the tri-county area with fundraising through an online portal at the website www.ShoreGivesMore.org. At that site there is information about the organizations, and any special incentives they may offer.

In Crisfield, the Crisfield Heritage Foundation (CHF) raised nearly $7,500 last year which provided much needed revenue during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. This year donors can visit the ShoreGivesMore.org website and type in Crisfield Heritage Foundation or stop by the Tawes Museum between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to donate in person and have lunch.

Donations made during the hour of noon to 1 p.m. will put the CHF in the running for receiving an additional $1,000 from the Community Foundation as a nonprofit with the most donors during that time. Donations are tax deductible.

Also in Crisfield, It Takes a Village to Help Our Children Inc. is taking part in Giving Tuesday. It continues fundraising to reach its goal for construction of the H. DeWayne Whittington Multicultural Center on the site of the former Whittington Primary School.

Smith Island United, which joined the Giving Tuesday movement in 2018, is all-volunteer and uses membership dues and donations to cover organizational expenses including transportation costs.

The other local participants include the Humane Society of Somerset County, Somerset Community Services Inc., the Somerset County Historical Trust, the Somerset County Historical Society, the Somerset County Library System, the Lower Shore Shelter, Somerset Lynching Memorial-Truth & Reconciliation Committee, Main Street Princess Anne, UMES, and the Young Elites of the Eastern Shore West to East Coast Aviation Network better known as Y.E.E.S. W.E. C.A.N.

"The campaign has grown greatly in just seven years. In 2015 the local campaign started with 23 nonprofits and raised just under $7,500, but by 2020 it grew to $269,627 raised for 99 area nonprofits in a single day," says Community Foundation President Erica Joseph.

With 121 organizations taking part, "This year marks the largest number of nonprofits to participate in the campaign."

Nonprofits are given access to online fundraising platforms, marketing campaigns, and incentive prizes. Software purchased by the Community Foundation allows donors to schedule their gifts in advance of the event and allows supporters the option of donating to multiple nonprofits at once.

The Community Foundation provides the services at no-cost to the nonprofits. Nonprofits cover standard credit card processing fees.