WCCF Gives
A Day of Giving — Sept. 12, 2019

Charity Bulletin Board

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Hearts of Gold Website Contest:
June 10 to June 16

You don’t need to be wealthy to be a philanthropist, but you do need a heart of gold.

This year we are turning the tables on our annual website contest for charities, as the players will be the ones with a chance to win a golden opportunity. But don’t worry – Acorn Fund grants totaling $5,000 will still be available for the charities that touch their hearts.

As part of our Golden Age of Giving marketing theme, the WCCF has developed a new website contest called “Hearts of Gold.” The game will present any verified registered reader of the Heart of Giving Charity Storybook website with a chance to “be a philanthropist” by designating grants to the local charities whose stories touch their hearts. A total of $5,000 in Acorn Fund grants will be awarded to the charities designated by the Hearts of Gold philanthropists (contest winners).

How Your Charity Can Participate

  1. Register Your Charity To be eligible to receive a grant through the “Hearts of Gold” contest, interested 501(c)(3) charities serving Washington County must be registered for the Heart of Giving Charity Storybook website. Charities who have already registered on the site need not register again. If your charity needs to register, visit https://storybook.wccf.net/charity-storybook-registration. The process is fast and easy.
  2. Submit a New Impact Story Registered charities must submit one new impact story for the Storybook website by Tuesday, April 30. Stories currently featured on the site may not be used for the contest and will be removed during the contest period.
  3. Promote the Contest Participants should encourage their supporters to award a golden heart to your charity between Monday, June 10 and Sunday, June 16. The number of hearts a story receives will not directly impact contest results; however, whether one of the randomly chosen “Hearts of Gold” philanthropists “hearted” your story may determine if you will receive a grant.

About the Impact Stories

  • The stories themselves need not be new, but they must be new to the Storybook website.
  • Each story must be 250-300 words in length and feature a corresponding photo.
  • The stories must be emailed to marketing@wccf.net. Please use the subject description “Hearts of Gold Story.”
  • Story submissions received after April 30 will not be eligible for the contest.
  • Story submissions from charities who are not registered for the Storybook website will not be eligible for the contest.
  • Each charity may only submit one story for the contest, so each charity is encouraged to submit its most powerful and compelling tale.
  • The stories will serve as the basis of the Hearts of Gold philanthropists’ grant designations.
  • All story submissions will be subject to review and editing, as the WCCF reserves the exclusive right to edit any content provided for the Storybook website for any reason. Story submissions that do not follow the WCCF’s impact story guidelines will not be eligible for the contest.
  • The contest-designated impact stories will not go live on http://storybook.wccf.net until Monday, June 10 at 12:00 a.m.

How the Game is Played

For the duration of the contest period, the pink hearts on the Storybook website will be changed to gold.

During the contest window, registered readers on the Storybook website will be encouraged to award a golden heart to all of their favorite charity stories. If chosen as a “Hearts of Gold” philanthropist, a winner will only be able to award grants to charities who he or she “hearted” during the contest window.

The contest will end at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 16.

After the close of the contest, the WCCF will use a computer program to determine three “Hearts of Gold” philanthropists.

The first player selected will have the opportunity to designate one grant of $1,000.

The second player selected will have the opportunity to designate one grant of $1,000.

The third player selected will have the opportunity to designate grants totaling $3,000. The grants must be awarded in $1,000 increments.

After being contacted by email, the winners will have 48 hours to respond to the WCCF. If a winner does not respond by the 48-hour deadline, a new winner will be selected.

As “Hearts of Gold” philanthropists, the winners will be asked to distribute grants to the charities whose stories touched their hearts; therefore, the winners may only award grants to the charities whose stories they “hearted” during the contest winners.

The winners and the charities designated for Acorn Fund grants will be announced on the Storybook website before the end of June.


WCCF Gives 2018 Training and Branding Workshop

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The WCCF Gives Training and Branding Workshop was held on Tuesday, April 10, at the Southpointe Golf Club. Vivian Osowski, Executivie Director of CASA, Kelly Proudfit, Executive Director of the Washington Area Humane Society and Dr. Sally Mounts, Chief Development Officer of the Washington City Mission shared the strategies they implement during WCCF Gives to make the day of giving a success for their charities.

WCCF Trustee Thomas F. Hoffman was our feature presenter, focusing on the basic steps to building your brand and why it is so important for your organization. He also provided information on how to conduct an internal branding audit.


Effective Grant-Writing Workshop Handout

The Effective Grant-Writing Workshop was held on December 6, 2017 at California University of Pennsylvania. Our featured presenter was Karen Primm, Contractor for Grant Services Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, California University of Pennsylvania.

For those unable to attend the workshop, Karen and CAL U have graciously allowed the WCCF to share the handouts from the seminar:


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Are you a charity or a donor with a question about this year’s WCCF Gives event? Please review our list of Frequently Asked Questions or contact us at info@wccf.net or 724-222-6330.