TPAC continues tradition started by Topeka Community Foundation

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- 94 nonprofit organizations were under one roof at the Topeka Performing Arts Center Wednesday for the Topeka Day of Giving.

Executive Director of TPAC Larry Gawronski said they wanted to continue what the Topeka Community Foundation started with Topeka Gives.

He said the Day of Giving gives donors the opportunity to meet face-to-face with their favorite nonprofits.

"People love to give, but they also like to touch the agency and see what they’re about,” Gawronski. “This is a chance for anybody who is interested in knowing about non-for-profits, what they do in the community and how they affect the quality of life."

The organizations took the opportunity to reach more donors, gaining support to keep their organizations running.

“To have someone come and donate to our organization is a lifeline,” Marty Flanagan, President of the Topeka Genealogical Society, said. “We simply run on volunteer hours and this money helps keep our library open, to grow it and to offer all the programs to help you and Topeka find their story."

Having all nonprofits in one place also helps them network with each other.

"We’re also having the opportunity to mentor them and their organization and share the information about their organization,” Gawronski said. “We're all about nonprofits helping nonprofits."

"I use an old African Proverb that says, 'If you are to go fast, go alone. But if you go together, you go farther,’" Gawronski said.

TPAC hopes to increase the amount of organizations involved to more than 100 for next year.