Giving, with a click of a mouse: Online drive Feb. 15 drive includes Marco Y


For the cost of a simple appetizer at a restaurant, you could help ensure that the Greater Marco Family YMCA keeps functioning efficiently.

Ten bucks will do the trick. Or more, if you’re so inclined. “The sky’s the limit,” says the Y in a promotional flyer out now.

These vital donations are what the Y seeks Feb. 15 as it participates in the third annual “Give Where You Live” Collier County initiative.

A camper named Doreus shows how awesome he is in the Y pool. Summer camp at the YMCA keeps kids busy and engaged during their summer vacation.

The online drive benefits 40 countywide non-profits, with the beauty that donors select exactly which ones they’d like to help.

Thus, the Marco Y finds itself in the select company of organizations like the local Red Cross chapter, the county’s Boys and Girls Club, Collier Harvest Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and the Harry Chapin Food Bank, for example.

The fun part of the drive is that donors can follow a live “scoreboard” during its 24-hour duration from noon, Wednesday to 11:59 a.m., Thursday, and see just how much is coming in.

And, on top of that, two separate foundations will match $2,500 for NPOs that raise at least $2,500. If more than that comes in, proportionally more match money is allocated.

The foundations are the Community Foundation of Collier County and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, and Give Where You Live is a countywide movement to “celebrate and increase philanthropy” on Feb. 15 for these 40 selected non-profits.

Danielle Johnson works on her paper plate painting at the Y. Summer camps run by the YMCA keep kids busy and engaged during their summer vacation.

Depending on amounts raised by the various agencies, the two foundations are prepared to match up to $500,000, so in Marco’s case, the more money initially raised over $2,500 translates into more from the foundations.

The Community Foundation of Collier County is a tax-exempt, public, charitable fund, established in 1985 to increase and focus private philanthropy in the area.

Today, the Community Foundation oversees more than 500 funds, collaborates with more than 400 nonprofits, holds over $120 million in assets and has distributed more than $88 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and community programs.

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation was founded in 2004 by Best Buy founder, Dick Schulze, as a way to give back to the community. Schulze and his family believe that a good education, a supportive family and a strong work ethic prepare children for a successful future.

For more information on the Marco Y’s wide variety of programs and activities for adults and youth, call 394-3144.