Connect to a Cause 2021

Connect to a Cause

Thursday, September 16, 8 am – 8pm


What is Connect to a Cause?

Connect to a Cause is a community-wide day of giving created to support local non-profit agencies in Lorain County.

It is modeled after the idea of crowdfunding, which is, according to Google, the practice of funding a venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people typically via the internet. In this instance, all donations will be coordinated by the Community Foundation of Lorain County and then disbursed to participating organizations following the day of giving.

  • There is no limit to the amount of money a non-profit can raise during Connect to a Cause. The number of donors is also not limited.
  • 25% of the organization’s fundraising proceeds from Connect to a Cause will remain in each organization’s agency endowment fund.  The remaining donations will be given directly to the organization to support their mission.
  • A preliminary donation total will be announced after 8:00 PM on Thursday, September 16.
  • Thanks to 21 Business Champions plus a $21K donation from the Community Foundation of Lorain County, an additional $42K match fund has been created.  These funds will be prorated based upon the amount raised by each organization.

Why should I donate?

Connect to a Cause supports 65 nonprofit organizations in all aspects of philanthropy. At Common Ground we believe that cost should never be a barrier to our programs. Your donation will support us today and tomorrow! Your support will not only help us serve more youth via summer camps, SEL programs and more, it will also help ensure our financial stability in the future through the contribution to our endowment fund with the Community Foundation of Lorain County.

How can I donate?

Online on September 16

Online using a credit card at

Only on Thursday, September 16 from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

By Mail

Checks and cash are also acceptable forms of payment. The minimum donation amount is $5.

Checks and/or cash must be postmarked by Thursday, September 16 or delivered in-person to the Foundation office (9080 Leavitt Road, Elyria, OH 44035)  by 8:00 PM on September 16. If you bring a cash or check donation to Common Ground before September 16, we will hand deliver it to the Foundation office.

Print this form and either mail it to or bring it by Common Ground on or before September16, 2021.

Thank You

As an expression of our gratitude, everyone who makes a donation to Common Ground via Connect to a Cause 2021 will be entered to win a zipline adventure for two with Common Ground Canopy Tours!