This article was originally printed in the Jan. 24 edition of the Pioneer and has been used here with permission.
By Jonathan Eppley
BIG RAPIDS — Representatives from area nonprofit organizations gathered on Wednesday at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center to accept their portion of the funds raised during Match Day 2012. The one-day event generated $638,424 for the 116 participating nonprofits and endowment funds.
Members of the Mecosta County Community Foundation board presented the match pool funding to the nonprofits on Wednesday. Money donated to each organization at Match Day was given to them that day so they could use it right away.
Since 2010, Match Day has generated more than $1.3 million for area nonprofits. The foundation already is planning for its fourth Match Day event.
“There are about 43,000 people in Mecosta County. The average income is nearly $37,700, and one in four people are below the poverty line,” said Match Day chair Tim Zehr, foundation first vice president. “The need is here and that’s what makes us all feel so good about the work we’re doing. … The total $1.3 million in three years is a tremendous accomplishment. It would not have come together if we didn’t all work together.”