The Scranton Area Community Foundation (SACF) and the NEPA Nonprofit & Community Assistance Center (NCAC) conducted the annual NEPA Gives campaign on June 3. When all was said and done, 212 participating organizations raised $1,117,526 from 5,146 donors.

Event coordinators for each organization worked the phones and social media for 24 hours and watched their totals grow via online leaderboards. Some corporations also elected to sponsor special bonus prizes throughout the day. 

This was Coterra’s second year as a key sponsor of the initiative, after the SACF expanded the scope of NEPA Gives to include Susquehanna and Wyoming counties, home to our Marcellus operations. We selected four non-profit organizations to which we provided monetary matches to encourage larger and more donations from their respective supporters.

Countryside Conservancy

  • $39,818 from 112 donors – Came in third place and eclipsed last year’s finish.
  • Secured six prizes from sponsors including:
    • $3,000 bonus for the Top-Earning Medium Sized Organization.
    • $1,000 1954 Award, in honor of the year that the Scranton Area Community Foundation was founded.

“NEPA Gives has quickly become one of the Conservancy’s biggest fundraisers, and the matching challenge provided by Coterra drives this event,” said executive director Bill Kern. “Using their support to leverage additional donations is the main reason for the Conservancy outperforming other organizations, some of which are 10-fold larger in staff and budget.”

Wyoming County Cultural Center/Dietrich Theater

  • 18,055 from 33 donors – Beat last year’s goal by about one thousand dollars.

“We raised more money than we did the previous year, and we’re really pleased with that,” said executive director Erica Rogler. Erica expressed her appreciation for Coterra and others who put up match donations to make individual contributions go farther. “That was a great incentive for people to give, and we think that it helped increase our donations.”

Camp Freedom

  • $7,285 from 21 donors
  • $500 Golden Ticket Award

Proceeds will help Camp Freedom cover the costs of wellness retreats, peer-to-peer interaction opportunities, and numerous recreational activities like hunting, fishing, and biking.

Northern Tier Industry & Education Consortium

  • $1,125 from 8 donors
  • $1,000 matches were made by Coterra and the Energy Education Fund.

SACF community initiatives manager Vivian Williams told us that corporations like Coterra play a big role in NEPA Gives, providing match funds for nearly half of the participating organizations.

“We are beyond proud that we broke a million dollars, especially in the economy we find ourselves in,” she stated. Experience means a lot, Vivian added, so first- and second-time participants will likely do better with more time to plan for next year.