Editor's Desk: Give Pittsburgh

Last year, Pittsburghers donated $1.3 million to 493 nonprofits on the launch day of the inaugural Give Big Pittsburgh campaign. But Pittsburghers aren’t helping our community only a few weeks a year. Every day there are organizations in Pittsburgh extending a helping hand to our neighbors.

My job as editor of Pittsburgh Magazine has given me the opportunity to attend a range of fundraising events that support the many local organizations dedicated to making our lives as Pittsburghers better.

I’m in awe of the work that goes into making these events a success, which sparked our article “Just Plan It” that looks at some of the region’s best fundraisers and what they have in common.

Pittsburgh Magazine also puts a lot of work into sponsoring many events that raise money for local charities, and topping the list is the work that goes into Give Big Pittsburgh.

Last year, Pittsburgh Magazine held its inaugural Give Big Pittsburgh campaign. The online giving day created a digital crowdsourcing platform to build support for nonprofits doing important work in our community. Leveraging the national awareness of #GivingTuesday, hundreds of nonprofits throughout the region worked together to raise awareness, collect donations and build a stronger sense of philanthropy.

You impressed us with your generosity: 6,766 people donated to 493 nonprofit organizations. On Nov. 28, the day of the launch, $1.3 million was raised. By the end of the year, that grew to $1,486,384. Light of Life Rescue Mission received the most of any single charity with $71,975; Humane Animal Rescue had the most donors with 650.
Based on that success, we are doing it again.

The Give Big Pittsburgh online fundraising initiative kicks off with a 24-hour push on Giving Tuesday on Nov. 27 and continues through Monday, Dec. 31. The public will be able to support participating nonprofits through givebigpittsburgh.com.

But Pittsburghers aren’t helping our community only a few weeks a year. Every day there are organizations in Pittsburgh extending a helping hand to our neighbors. We highlight a few of them in this annual issue of Give Pittsburgh and hope they inspire you to do what you can to help demonstrate what a special place we live in.

Brian Hyslop can be reached at ​bhyslop@pittsburghmagazine.com or 412/304-0921.

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