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Michael Babcock, director of marketing and communications for the Portage Health Foundation, updates the Giving Tuesday fundraising total Tuesday afternoon at the PHF office.

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HANCOCK — Twenty-two nonprofits from around the Copper Country got vital help in serving the community thanks to the money raised through Giving Tuesday.

The Portage Health Foundation matches all donations to the organizations, up to $200,000. They’d already hit that amount by early afternoon. But the hope every year is to be bigger than the year before — in the case of last year, $394,000, said Michael Babcock, director of marketing and communications for Portage Health Foundation.

As of 3:30 p.m., PHF had raised more than $220,000. Online donations made up about $170,000 of that, with 608 people donating. The final total won’t be known until sometime next week.

“For pretty much every one of these nonprofits, this is the biggest fundraiser they do every year,” he said.

Donations open three weeks in advance, though most come in on the final day, Babcock said.

Nonprofits can apply to be part of PHF’s Giving Tuesday drive in the fall. There are two criteria: they must be a registered 501(c)3, and their mission involves improving the health of the community.

About 80% of the donors last year were local. Though donors were spread across 15 states, that trend looks to continue this year, Babcock said.

“I personally think it speaks volumes for how much people care locally,” he said. “I also think it speaks to how much capacity for giving up here, because there are a lot of families that are struggling, but there are also a lot of families ready to give back. Whether it’s a $20 gift or a $500 gift, there are families ready to give back what they’re able to, and these nonprofits really appreciate it.”

One of those nonprofits is the Keweenaw Family Resource Center, which provides a number of programs for families with young children.

Iola Brubaker, director of the KFRC, said Giving Tuesdays have brought in about $70,000 over the past four years, making it the biggest fundraiser annually. This year, Brubaker has been highlighting the scholarships for the Treehouse Indoor playground for low-income, foster and active military households, among others.

“Those funds help us offset that and help us keep the costs really low to access the Treehouse,” she said.

Other programs include a diaper drive for KFRC’s baby closet. The drive collects diapers and wipes that go to families without the money to buy them. Last year, it served 50 to 60 families, Brubaker said. There is also a clothing closet for infants and toddlers.

KFRC continues to run its playgroups.

“After this last year, they’re becoming incredibly important to reconnect and build social connections — not just for the little ones that come, but parents that come with them, because people are feeling isolated and alone,” she said.

The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter has been part of giving Tuesday since the beginning. From just a few thousand in its first year, it was able to raise $39,000 last year, said executive director Mary Niemela.

That money goes towards direct services to clients, as well as helping to pay for utilities at the shelter. It can also help people …….

Source: https://www.mininggazette.com/news/2021/12/giving-tuesday-raises-funds-for-community-nonprofits/

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette
Michael Babcock, director of marketing and communications for the Portage Health Foundation, updates the Giving Tuesday fundraising total Tuesday afternoon at the PHF office.

HANCOCK — Twenty-two nonprofits from around the Copper Country got vital help in serving the community thanks to the money raised through Giving Tuesday.

The Portage Health Foundation matches all donations to the organizations, up to $200,000. They’d already hit that amount by early afternoon. But the hope every year is to be bigger than the year before — in the case of last year, $394,000, said M…….

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette
Michael Babcock, director of marketing and communications for the Portage Health Foundation, updates the Giving Tuesday fundraising total Tuesday afternoon at the PHF office.

HANCOCK — Twenty-two nonprofits from around the Copper Country got vital help in serving the community thanks to the money raised through Giving Tuesday.

The Portage Health Foundation matches all donations to the organizations, up to $200,000. They’d already hit that amount by early afternoon. But the hope every year is to be bigger than the year before — in the case of last year, $394,000, said M…….

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