Support the work of St. Matthew’s House. Give Where You Live 30 Kicks Off on March 3, 2015

Support the work of St. Matthew’s House. Give Where You Live 30 Kicks Off on March 3, 2015

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March 2, 2015

Support the work of St. Matthew’s House. Give Where You Live 30 Kicks Off on March 3, 2015

Naples, FL – St. Matthew’s House invites the community to support its efforts to offer food, shelter, and recovery to our Southwest Florida community by donating to the organization during Give Where You Live 30, March 3, 2015.

Give Where You Live 30 is a county-wide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Collier County through online giving. The Community Foundation of Collier County and Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation are partnering to present Give Where You Live 30. Donations are accepted through Givewhereyoulive30.org.

As a participating nonprofit on Givewhereyoulive30.org, St. Matthew’s House will benefit from this initiative in many ways.

“The donations we receive on Give Where You Live Day help us do more to support the community and ensure everyone has a safe and sober environment in their time of need,” says Vann Ellison, President of St. Matthew’s House. “The funds raised are a big part of our annual operating budget. We rely strongly on the generosity and gifts of our supporters and partners, like The Community Foundation of Collier County, to positively impact lives every day. In today’s fast changing technological age, this is an easy and instant way to see your impact improve our community.”

$300,000 Matching Fund

Thanks to Community Foundation of Collier County and Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, Give Where You Live 30 features a $300,000 Matching Fund. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on March 3-4, 2015, receives a portion of the Matching Fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated. For example, if St. Matthew’s House receives 10 percent of the total donations made on Give Where You Live 30 Day, St. Matthew’s House also receives 10 percent of the $300,000 Matching Fund. The match is made after any transaction fees are deducted from your donation.

“Thanks to generous members of our community and hardworking nonprofits, we expect the first Give Where You Live 30 to be a rousing success,” said Eileen Connolly-Keesler, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Collier County. “Not only the dollars raised, but the number of donors contributing to the success of the day will grow tremendously. We look forward to continuing the momentum every year.”

Give Where You Live 30

For more information about St. Matthew’s House, please visit www.StMatthewsHouse.org. For more information about Give Where You Live 30, please visit www.givewhereyoulive30.org.

About St. Matthew’s House

The mission of St. Matthew’s House is to change lives in a spiritual environment that is both compassionate and disciplined, as well as provide housing for the homeless and food for the needy. St. Matthew’s House is the only emergency housing and recovery program in Collier County.

About the Community Foundation of Collier County

The Community Foundation of Collier County is a tax-exempt, public, charitable fund, established in 1985 with a $300,000 endowment to increase and focus private philanthropy in the area. Today, the Community Foundation oversees more than 560 funds, collaborates with more than 400 nonprofits, holds over $78 million in assets and has distributed more than $78 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and community programs.

About Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation was founded in 2004 by Best Buy founder, Dick Schulze, as a way to give back to the community. Schulze and his family believe that a good education, a supportive family and a strong work ethic prepare children for a successful future. To support that belief, the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation supports education and basic human services, among other types of organizations. It is the vision of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to connect in a meaningful way with grantees to make strategic contributions that achieve specific, measurable outcomes.