Grow Green Match Day 2018

on May 11, 2018

    During a 24-hour period last month, 55 local non-profit endowment funds received more than $528,000 from nearly 1000 donors. Local business leader and former Meadowlark Hills board member Phil Howe provided more than $240,000 in matching dollars, bringing the total raised during the 6th annual Grow Green Match Day to more than $768,000!
   The event, held on April 20, was sponsored by Greater Manhattan Community Foundation. The 59 contributions made to a Meadowlark Foundation endowed fund with GMCF were among 2732 gifts on Match Day. The number of Meadowlark supporters and our donation total -- $19,140 – were significantly higher than in 2017. Adding a 50% match to all eligible donations, the total amount benefitting Meadowlark Foundation is $27,705!
    The donation total of $19,140 must go into our endowed fund, but we have flexibility with our matching funds, which equal $8,565. The Foundation’s Board of Directors are expected to determine how to use the matching funds at their May meeting. Last year, they voted to put our match money into an invested account benefiting the Good Samaritan Fund.
    On Match Day, participating organizations could track their progress on the Grow Green website. With all of the donations counted, Meadowlark Foundation placed 10th among the 55 organizations/funds in terms of the amount raised. (We placed 12th out of 51 agencies last year.)  Nine organizations, including Shepherd’s Crossing, Crises Center and Manhattan Emergency Shelter, exceeded $20,000 in donations and received the maximum match of $10,000. 
    Thank you to everyone who made our green grow significantly! Your generosity helps ensure our organization’s success.