Santa came to town early this year.
A fundraising drive to help local nonprofits raised $372,000 for 40 organizations.
Announced at a Thursday breakfast at the Cortland Country Club, the fundraising effort was this year’s local fundraising haul for National Philanthropy Day on Nov. 15 — an annual event that the Cortland Community Foundation, the organizer of the local effort, has been participating in since 2012.
Thomas Gallagher, president of the foundation, praised the fundraising efforts of the local nonprofits. They raised $342,000, to which the foundation added $30,000.
“I think this shows that Cortland’s one of the most giving communities around,” Gallagher said.
The foundation recognized those efforts by giving further cash awards in two categories to organizations that had excelled in fundraising efforts.
The highest total amount raised:
- 1st place: $10,000 to the YWCA Cortland with $70,162.92 raised.
- 2nd place: $4,500 to Cortland Repertory Theatre with $47,795.98 raised.
- 3rd place: $2,000 to Lime Hollow Nature Center with $29,615.93 raised.
- 4th place: $1,000 to the Cortland YMCA with $24,275.94 raised.
Greatest number of donations received:
- 1st place: $7,000 to the CNY Living History Center for 112 donations.
- Tied for 2nd place: $2,250 to the Cortland County Historical Society for 58 donations.
- Tied for 2nd place: $2,250 to the Cortland United Presbyterian Church for 58 donations.
- 4th place: $1,000 to the Cortland Free Library for 43 donations.
“We’re really pleased with our annual giving campaign,” said Kelly Tobin, executive director of the YWCA Cortland. “We get remarkable support.”
Tobin said the money raised will fund the YWCA’s four core programs: childcare, mentoring, aid to victims of violence and health and fitness.
The Rev. David Johnson of the United Presbyterian Church of Cortland said the money his church raised will partly be used to fund capital projects, such as the installation of a lift for people with mobility problems and an automatic door at the church’s main entrance as well the replacement of the church’s 50-year-old sound system and the rebuilding of the church’s boiler.
Vivian Bosch, president of the board of trustees for the Cortland Free Library, said the majority of the library’s donations had been specifically designated for the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library — an international program that sends free books to children between the ages of birth and 5 years old.
Bosch said that program has so far sent books to 560 children in the 13045 ZIP code.