Rebecca: The most recent thing you’ve been involved in is Give Local York and we were just talking about that before we started recording how we’re really gearing up for what will be next year, first Friday in May, for what will be next year, First Friday in May, But the event was really publicized as this way to democratize philanthropy and give people an opportunity to give back. Why is it important that you give people an opportunity at all levels to contribute to York?
Bob: Well, first of all, let me say awareness. I think that the events themselves for all nonprofits and, in particular, this one I’m associated with now, creates an awareness to the mission of the nonprofit or the cause and what they’re doing. How they plan to do it, what their strategies are.
So, it’s really important to get behind that for the nonprofits. The artful dodgers I told you about. They maybe don’t bump into the occasion because they’re not on a board or they’re new in town or something and they haven’t been engaged at that level and didn’t see the opportunities. We need to introduce giving opportunities to them as well.
When you look around across the Susquehanna, Lancaster’s been doing a day of giving for years, raising over eight million dollars. Other communities not too far away and also across our country are having giving days and they’re getting millions of dollars in 24 hours for the nonprofits of their community.
The Senate or the House of Representatives, the government, has declared May, a couple of weeks in May, as a celebration of generosity. The United States is a very generous population.
And so focusing in on that week, there’s dedicated to be thankful for generosity and reminding people of the opportunities in generosity. I thought, why isn’t someone in York doing the giving day.
So, I rallied the York Federal Fellows, which there are 66 that get grants from the York Federal Savings and Loan legacy, to try to organize whatever they wanted to do. And they had the same questions. Why isn’t York doing this day of giving? So, put together the big group on the council of alumni. They put this together and they decided they were going to go forward if certain large institutions, anchor institutions in our community, were not going to take it forward.
So, we offered it to those institutions, along with some money and some talent to get it done, and they still did not choose to do it at this time. So we said well, we’re just going to go ahead and do it, respectfully. You’re not going to do it, but we think it should be done so we’re going to take that risk.
So, we got that going and the risk allows you then to work up with all the nonprofits using their own energies, actually. We train them, tutor them, give them internet training on how to fundraise types of events, things to do for that day.
And that day, opening it up with technology to be done with computer online with a good solid backbone of technical support. And I got that done for as little as 10 dollars. So we can bring giving into the hearts and minds of the children who want to sit down and give 10 dollars to something or share it with their brothers and sisters. Five or 10 dollars to a favorite cause that they might have, like if their mother had breast cancer, they might be interested in making a small contribution, which is big to them, online and fairly feel good about it.
Satisfying the cause, hopefully, and giving something that’s otherwise just yours. So that to all the big givers, so the sponsors and the stretch pool contributors. On that day and leading up to it, we created through all these non profit workers an awareness.
Like I would be surprised if on May 4th of last year, anybody over five didn’t know that there was a Give Local York day. And it was that day, on May 4th. And I’ll tell you, it was an overwhelming success. Essentially because of people like you and Meagan Feeser, our consultant who organized and motivated and get it all done and you using your more modern media technologies to reach other people to create this awareness was the big success.
So we’re going to do it again and that was our inaugural. Obviously telling you we’re going to do this every year and it’ll be May 3rd of 2019 and we’ve already hit the street to gather up patrons and sponsors and so forth.
In fact, Megan was working the day after May 4th In fact, Meagan was working the day after May 4th So I’m really proud of all of that.
To me, for me, it’s got two particular takeaways. And one is that we have not only made history, but we’ve made a future. A future for this generosity celebration and we’ve stuck the shovel in the ground for the legacy of York Federal and its founder, my mentor, Bill Wolf, the chairman of the board.
And he always told me never to say you have two things to say, because when you get to the second, you’ll forget what you wanted to say for the second influence…
The second influence for me is that it’s the biggest achievement that has helped people so readily, so quickly, so easily.
It’s better to me than having brought the company public. To me, it does solidify the goodness of York Federal Savings and Loan Association and the people there. The founders, the governance, the employees in particular. None of this happens without the employees doing the work, the real work. And so this is their legacy and that makes me as proud as anything I’ve ever been proud of.
Rebecca: I’m very excited for the next one to come. I know you know. What was the final amount, Bob, that was raised?
Bob: This should be embedded in my mind, but it’s very close. 1,467,000 dollars?
Rebecca: I think you’re pretty close.