The Second Annual Week of Giving has begun and Northwest Bank is once again supporting this event as the Lead Partner in Giving.

“Thanks to the generosity of Northwest Bank, we were able to match $20,000 during last year’s Week of Giving,” said Trenton Moulin, executive director of Bridge Builders Community Foundations (BBCF). “We look forward to having them on board again, as we prepare for an even more successful week of philanthropy in our region.”

Additionally this year, BBCF welcomes the Paul & Ellen Flickner Charitable Fund as the Legacy Sponsor and Erie Insurance as a Community Leader Sponsor. The total of matching funds for this year’s event is $40,000.

BBCF has seen a significant increase in participants this year, with more than 125 local nonprofits and funds in a variety of categories signed up.

Week of Giving prizes will be offered during the week, in which two $100 prizes will be awarded for one small and one large organization each day. These prizes will be live from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and the organization who brings in the most unique online donations during those two hour time periods will receive an additional $100 donation.  There also will be one prize sponsored by Baytree Farm,of Emlenton, that will give the nonprofit with the most unique online gifts for the duration of the whole Week of Giving an extra $500.

“This is truly a community effort, with local businesses, nonprofits, and community members all coming together,” said Moulin. “Not only are we supporting local organizations through donations, but we’re spreading the message of the importance of giving. Creating and cultivating a culture of giving in our area is a main goal of the Community Foundation.”

Contributions can be seen in real time this year, allowing the community to watch live as organizations raise money. Giving began at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 19, and ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 23. To learn more about the Week of Giving and for a listing of participating nonprofits, visit

Bridge Builders Community Foundations announces partnership with Contributary, a Giving Day platform that engages more donors and raises more money

OIL CITY, PA — Building on the success of its inaugural Week of Giving this year, Bridge Builders Community Foundations will reveal a new look in March 2018 to increase the excitement for its weeklong online fundraiser.

The community foundation partnered with Contributary, an online Giving Day platform headquartered in State College, Pa to help host the next Week of Giving slated for the week of March 19th though the 23rd of 2018.

“The initial Week of Giving in 2017 was a success and we look to build on this next year. Inspiring and cultivating giving in our area is a key component of the Community Foundation, “said Trenton Moulin, executive director of Bridge Builders Community y Foundations.  “The Week of Giving is an exciting, secure way to give and impact our community.  This partnership with Contributary will offer a safe, secure and scalable process to connect with donors before and during the Week of Giving this coming March. ”

The inaugural Week of Giving in March 2017 raised $105,000 for 88 nonprofits and BBCF Funds serving Clarion, Forest, Venango and Jefferson counties.

Nearly 200 community foundations around the country host similar events and raise hundreds of millions of dollars for local nonprofits each year. Contributary began offering its product to community foundations after helping raise $1.4 million for 147 nonprofits in 36 hours last May with Centre Gives in State College.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Bridge Builders Community Foundations and its Week of Giving,” Scott Woods, president of Contributary, said. “Giving Days have tremendous power to rally a community. People want to support their favorite local nonprofit causes, and they’re proud of where they live. As such, our Giving Day platform is strong, secure and designed to engage and inspire people.”

By partnering with Contributary, BBCF was able to find a local vendor to offer a secure, custom product that will increase the interest and level of philanthropy within the community.

“We will be announcing many exciting changes in the near future.  The Staff, Trustees and Affiliate Directors of the Community Foundation look forward to this new partnership and what it means for nonprofits in our footprint.” Moulin said.

Nonprofits interested in participating in next year’s Week of Giving are asked to visit and sign up for updates, or connect with Lauren M. Lupinacci, BBCF program manager, at (814) 677-8687 or [email protected] Registration will begin in January and a marketing boot camp will be held in early February.

Residents interested in volunteering during next year’s Week of Giving are asked to connect with Lauren M. Lupinacci, BBCF program manager, at (814) 677-8687 or [email protected]


The Venango Area Community Foundation was founded on April 30, 1975. The first discretionary fund was created within the Venango Area Community Foundation portfolio in  June 1976 by Galena Rew Harrington and Mary E. Rew, both of Franklin, who were two local community volunteers who wanted to make a difference.  They started that initial endowment with a gift and trust transfer totaling almost $80,000.

Today that endowment still exists as the oldest continued endowment in Bridge Builders Community Foundations’ portfolio, and distributes approximately $5,000 annually to local causes every year.

The Venango Area Community Foundation changed its name to Bridge Builders Community Foundations in 2006 and created affiliates to serve the Venango, Clarion, Forest and most recently Punxsutawney area to leverage assets, fund management, and giving.

It took a long time to evolve as a community foundation, and to become the umbrella foundation serving our four area affiliates.

Through economic hardships, staff changes, and social impact over the years we have been able to uphold our values and stay true to what we were founded on 40 years ago.

The hope of a better, stronger community.

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Contributary is a secure, stable and easy to use Giving Day platform that engages donors, inspires community philanthropy and ultimately supports nonprofits across the nation. Based in State College, PA, Contributary is a Certified B Corporation and commits 1% of all sales to 1% for the Planet.

For more information, visit