Nov. 3 was the 12th annual Adams County Community Foundation (ACCF) Giving Spree, and oh, what a day. Once again, Adams County donors did the improbable. They sprinted right past last year’s record-breaking $3.08 million and gave more than $3.1 million to 90 local nonprofits. We’ll announce the final total on Dec. 16 at “The Big Reveal,” but know that our hearts are full of gratitude for the incredible generosity of this community.

Based on initial results, 2,467 donors (individuals, families, and businesses) made 9,626 separate gifts. Donors gave from all over Adams County, Pennsylvania and the United States. They contributed by check, credit card and through their IRAs, charitable funds and foundations. They made stock and mutual fund gifts. One donor even gifted their car to support Vida Charter School.

Ralph Serpe is the president and CEO of the Adams County Community Foundation, producer of the Adams County Giving Spree. He can be reached at 717-337-0060 or

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