Community Foundation prepares for Match Day 2018

SIDNEY — The Community Foundation of Shelby County has decided to repeat its Match Day event, after a very successful inaugural event in November 2017. On Match Day, Nov. 27, the foundation will offer a total of $70,000 to 14 local charities that can each receive a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $5,000.

“Last year, we hoped to generate $130,000 in local giving by offering a $65,000 match to 13 charities,” said Marian Spicer, executive director. “We were awed by the enthusiasm and generosity of people who gave $170,000 on behalf of participating organizations. Combined with the $65,000 in matching money we offered, more than $235,000 was raised. We want participating charities to exceed that amount this year.

“We initially intended Match Day to be an event we sponsored every five years, on our milestone anniversaries, because we needed to raise the pool of money that provided the match. Dave Ross, a Sidney native and Fort Loramie area resident, stepped forward to offer a significant amount for the Match Day pool and suddenly, we had the backing to hold the event every year,” said Spicer.

A second anonymous donor also supported the match pool.

Participating organizations are challenging their supporters to give to the Community Foundation and to earmark gifts for their charity. Gifts must be made payable to the Community Foundation of Shelby County and received by Nov. 27 to be eligible for the match. Match Day coincides with the nationally known Giving Tuesday, which is held annually the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

The local foundation was established Nov. 17, 1952, and has grown to $34 million in assets. It administers more than 180 charitable funds, including scholarship, donor advised, designated, organization and community granting funds. Participating organizations were selected because of having a 501(c)(3) tax status and an organization fund within the foundation that had as asset balance over the minimum fund size. Gifts received will not be placed into an organization’s fund, but instead returned to the organization and put to work in the community.

Participating organizations are Alpha Community Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County, Compassionate Care of Shelby County, Historic Sidney Theatre, Operation Rebirth, S&H Products, Senior Center of Sidney-Shelby County, Shelby County Arc, Shelby County Historical Society, Shelby County Libraries Foundation, Shelby County United Way, Sidney First United Methodist Church, Sidney-Shelby County YMCA and Wilma Valentine Childcare.

For details, go to and view Match Day information on the home page.