Lancaster County’s 2015 Extraordinary Give was, well, extraordinary, raising a record $6.1 million and then some for some 360 nonprofits here on Friday.
The county’s largest day of online giving received 40,203 individual donations totaling $6,134,245.
The 24-hour total easily shattered last year’s total of $4.5 million. In 2013, the Give brought in $3.2 million and the inaugural event in 2012 raised $1.7 million.
"$5.5 million would've been a heck of a good day. $6.1 million is beyond my wildest dreams," said Sam Bressi, president and CEO of the Lancaster County Community Foundation, which organizes the Give.
Part of the event's rapid growth, Bressi said, has come from making the day a public celebration.
More than a dozen events were held throughout Friday. At night, windows on 12 floors of the Griest Building in downtown Lancaster were lit with 198 color-changing lights.
"We've built it into a community celebration of generosity and all that's good in Lancaster County" said Bressi. "It feels like a holiday."
Among 367 participating organizations, Water Street Mission received the highest monetary amount during the Give: $269,128 from 1,478 donations.
The second highest amount raised — and the highest number of individual gifts — went to the Children Deserve a Chance Foundation, which assists disadvantaged youth with gaining access to college. The organization received 1,628 donations totaling $252,257.
Here are the other eight of the top 10 donation amounts from the event:
—$162,441: Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue, which helps rescue dogs acclimate to household life.
—$159,487: WJTL Creative Ministries, a Christian music radio station.
—$128,470: Lancaster Bible College.
—$75,485: Lancaster County Conservancy, which protects natural lands and offers outdoor experiences to children.
—$69,738: Lancaster Mennonite School.
—$68,316: Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
—$66,530: Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center of Lancaster County, which serves children with congenital and acquired disabilities and developmental delays.
—$63,301: Lititz Christian School.