Scioto Foundation to kickoff 2023 Scioto Gives Campaign


SCIOTO COUNTY- Four new participants will bring the total number of nonprofit organizations to an all-time high of 50 for the Scioto Foundation’s 2023 Scioto Gives effort to help raise money for local endowments benefitting copious community causes. October 19 is the big day when area and out-of-town residents, businesses, civic groups and corporations will step forward with contributions hoping to break previous records in total funds raised in the Scioto Gives program’s eleventh year.

Special Olympics, Scioto Literary, the Trillium Project and St. Francis Catholic Outreach Center will join 46 other participants for the 2023 Scioto Gives drive. Annual proceeds from the nonprofits’ endowments provide financial support for much-needed projects, improvements, long-range plans and other essentials for each community organization.

“Hardworking nonprofits and generous donors have made Scioto Gives such an amazing success over the past ten years. We, at the Scioto Foundation, are looking forward to another spectacular year,” said Kim Cutlip, Scioto Foundation Executive Director.

From 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on October 19 contributions will be received on the Scioto Foundation website,, by a simple procedure. Using the pull-down menu on the website, donors can select their charity and the amount they wish to give, list credit card information and press “donate.” Each participating nonprofit is profiled with its mission and community activities on the Scioto Gives website for viewing by interested potential donors.

Donors may send checks to the Foundation at P.O. Box 911, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662 or they may transfer stocks during the designated twelve-hour period on October 19. Donors may also drop checks off at the Scioto Foundation’s office from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the giving period, but the Foundation staff requests that those who want to make gifts by credit card do so by online transactions during the designated timeframe.

The matching amount each nonprofit will receive will be determined after all contributions are received. All donors and nonprofit representatives are encouraged to join the announcement of Scioto Gives results and the recipients of grants awarded for the seventh year of the Scioto Foundation’s Scioto 365 community development initiative reception on Tuesday, November 14 at 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Oscar’s Restaurant.

The 46 nonprofits who participated in the Scioto Gives program in 2022 raised an incredible new record of $172,218.60 which was met by a Scioto Foundation match of $55,000 for a record total of $227,218.60. Last year also matched the previous records broken for the number of contributions from local and out-of-town supporters, 634 ; and the highest amount of money raised by any nonprofit, $57,525, by Portsmouth Murals, Inc. The average match ratio for that period was .32/$1.00. The number of participants grew from 16 in 2013 to 46 through 2022 with five new nonprofit endowment funds established at the Scioto Foundation last year.

The other 46 nonprofits expected to repeat their participation in the Foundation’s 2022 Scioto Gives program include Candyland Children’s Museum, Friends of Portsmouth Skate Park, Market Square Park, Friends of Spartan Stadium, Southern Ohio Folklife, West Portsmouth Youth Sports Complex, Ohio Valley Type I Diabetes; ASCEND Counseling and Recovery Services, Inc.; Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail, Inc.; Portsmouth Murals, Inc.; Time Out for Me, Inc.; Compass Point Housing; Sierra’s Haven for New and Used Pets; Friends of Greenlawn Cemetery; the Deaf Services

Center-Portsmouth; Portsmouth Area Arts Council; Compass Community Health; Boy Scouts of America, Simon Kenton Council; Friends of the Scioto County Homeless Shelter; the 1810 House; The Counseling Center; Southern Ohio Medical Center Development Foundation; South Central Ohio Educational Service Center; Friends of Scioto County DD; Scioto County Heritage Museum; Paul E. Johnson Mem. fbo Main Street Portsmouth; the Portsmouth Beautification Society; Connex, Inc.; the Steven A. Hunter Hope Fund; Habitat for Humanity of the Tri-State; the UCAN General Endowment; Tri-State Chapter of American Red Cross; Portsmouth Little Theatre; Portsmouth Wind Symphony; Potter’s House Ministries; Animal Welfare League of Scioto County; Goodwill Industries of Southern Ohio, Inc.; United Scioto Senior Activities, Inc.; Hill View Retirement Center – Education Fund; Friends of Scioto County Welcome Center; CAY Memorial Endowment, United Way of Scioto and Adams County; Friends of Portsmouth; Shawnee Family Health Center; Portsmouth Area Museums, “Roy Rogers Festival”; and Catholic Social Services.

Created in 2013, Scioto Gives is designed to establish new partnerships between local NPOs and the Scioto Foundation as it assists the nonprofits with their annual membership drives and helps smaller grass roots NPOs accept on-line gifts. The program also demonstrates that on-line giving is easy and encourages donor gifting because of matching dollars.

To participate in the Scioto Gives program, all organizations must be 501(c) 3 nonprofits and have an organizational endowment with the Scioto Foundation. All participating organizations must actively promote and encourage their donor base to take part in Scioto Gives and must attend the reception following the one-day campaign to celebrate the success of Scioto Gives.

For more information about the Scioto Gives program, please contact Patty Tennant at (740) 354-4612.

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