MANSFIELD -- The holidays are right around the corner, and with the holidays comes a season of giving.
In Richland County, Richland Gives—the most prominent giving event founded by the Richland County Foundation—will give many the opportunity to contribute to the local nonprofits they care about.
Courtney Cline and her husband Michael, owners of Design by Cline and Cline Fire, have participated in Richland Gives for over three years. For Cline, Richland Gives is a special opportunity for businesses all over the community to band together and support organizations, especially the lesser-known ones, that make the Richland County community what it is today.
“There's always those big-name nonprofits that people know about, but there's a lot of smaller ones that maybe people don't hear about until something like Richland Gives,” Cline said.
Scott Cardwell, owner of The Phoenix Brewing Company has been a donor since the beginning of when his bar opened back in 2014. After a month in business, he started making donations through the Richland County Foundation to the Domestic Violence Shelter.
“We were happy to be able to help out and do some things with them, and it's just grown and grown since then,” Cardwell.
Cardwell gets a lot of joy seeing other businesses and individuals rally behind such a charitable cause like Richland Gives. He feels even more grateful to live in a community that offers the opportunity to do more and push him to be part of a positive change.
“We owe a lot to the Richland County Foundation as a community and their ability to help fund all of these different programs and spearhead giving and that positive change and growth for this community,” Cardwell said.
Richland Gives officially begins at 7 a.m. on Nov. 16 and will conclude on the International Day of Giving on Dec. 1. This two-week event allows Richland County nonprofit organizations and charitable causes to raise funds and awareness that can help fund programs, cover operating expenses and more. It also helps organizations cultivate new donors and reinvigorate lapsed donors.
In addition to the donations received, each participating nonprofit also has the opportunity to earn additional dollars with grant money provided by the Richland County Foundation. The first 15 nonprofits to raise $1,000 through the Richland Gives platform starting Nov. 16 will earn a $1,000 grant.
Additional grant money will be awarded during the Day of Giving on Dec. 1.
Seeing other people get into the spirit of giving back to their local community is what lifts Cline up the most. Despite going through an era of uncertain times, she hopes anyone who can give would be willing to give during whatever times the world is in.
“No matter what the times are, it doesn't change the need in the community. Sometimes it increases the need, but it doesn't lessen the need,” Cline said. “You hate to think that the first thing that people would stop doing because of their own personal situation is giving. And so I think it's important for people to just remember that it's very important to give back to the community and to help others through that giving. It always comes back around to you if you're giving.”
You can see all participating nonprofits and donate directly by visiting www.richlandgives.org.