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Released 21 February 2012

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MATCH DAY: A New Way to Give Back to Milwaukee on March 8
One-day, online event raises money, awareness about need for food, shelter in greater Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI - February 21, 2012 - On March 8, members of the community will come together to raise funds for 19 nonprofits participating in Match Day. Match Day is an online giving event and the first of its kind in Wisconsin designed to raise awareness for basic needs in the greater Milwaukee area.

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is coordinating the event, which showcases 19 organizations in the greater Milwaukee area meeting the food and shelter needs of individuals and families who are struggling. Match Day is modeled after similar online giving events sponsored by community foundations in cities like Columbus and Pittsburgh.

"It's been three years since the economy took a tumble and things are still very tough for many individuals and families in our community," said Ellen M. Gilligan, the Foundation's president and CEO. "We know from the organizations that we support that too many people are continuing to struggle to meet the most basic needs that many of us take for granted. With Match Day, we want to leverage support from the community and increase the capacity of those nonprofits to meet the demand for their services."

Beginning February 17, and on each day leading up to the online event on March 8, the public will have the chance to learn more about each of the 19 nonprofits participating in Match Day. Online giveaways will also be featured as part of the countdown on Facebook. Information on each nonprofit will be featured daily via the Foundation's Facebook and Twitter pages and through www.matchdaymke.org.


Each gift made by a donor on March 8, 2012 will be proportionately matched. The Greater Milwaukee Foundation and several individual donors and area funders, including the Brewers Community Foundation, The Ceres Foundation, Faye McBeath Foundation, and United Way of Greater Milwaukee have already pledged $675,000 toward the match pool for that day. The Brewers Community Foundation, Time Warner Cable, Clear Channel Outdoor, The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel have generously contributed in kind support and donor prizes.

To create Match Day, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation partnered with Razoo, an online platform that simplifies giving. Razoo also offers training to help nonprofits build robust online fundraising abilities to help strengthen their donor base for years to come. Before undertaking Match Day, Razoo helped create two similar days in Minnesota, netting $24 million in donations for 4,000 nonprofits.

For more information on Match Day, visit www.MatchDayMKE.org, and be sure to like the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.

About Greater Milwaukee Foundation
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is a family of more than 1,000 individual charitable funds, each created by donors to serve the charitable causes of their choice. Grants from these funds serve people throughout Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties and beyond. Started in 1915, the Foundation is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the world.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 129 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Approximately 84 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.SAmilwaukee.org

 

Participating Nonprofits
Center for Veterans Issues
Community Advocates
Daystar
Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
Food Pantry of Waukesha County
Friends of Abused Families
Guest House of Milwaukee
Hebron House of Hospitality
Hope Center
Hope House of Milwaukee
Hunger Task Force
Milwaukee Rescue Mission
Pathfinders Milwaukee
Repairers of the Breach
Salvation Army of Greater Milwaukee
Sojourner Family Peace Center
The Cathedral Center
Walker's Point Youth and Family Center
Women's Center - Waukesha
Greater Milwaukee Foundation: Basic Needs Fund


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