Final Tally Shows World of Change Set Maine Record at ChangeFest, Resulting in More Than $52,000 in Impact Investments to be Made

With the final tally in, World of Change’s first-ever ChangeFest added up to a rousing success: the nearly two tons of change on display on Saturday October 28 at L.L.Bean in Freeport totaled $32,099.84 – including $6,567.79 in spare change donated at the public event to help children and families in need. Together with matching challenges and other contributions, more than $52,000 in impact investments will be made to World of Change's nonprofit partners in its first eight months since publicly launching in March.

Portland Press Herald: Falmouth man’s new nonprofit aims to turn coins into social change

Matt Hoidal wants to make philanthropy accessible to everybody with something simple: spare change.

“There’s an opportunity to do something with this change that is just sitting there,” said the longtime nonprofit executive, who is launching a new nonprofit that aims to convert loose change into social change. “There is a world’s worth of change within arm’s reach.”

Wolfe News Wire: New Maine-based Nonprofit ‘World of Change’ Converting Loose Change into Social Change for Children and Families

World of Change ( will work with sponsors on a wide-range of community- and school-based events and programs, including change drives, Classroom Change Kits and ChangeFest, to collect donations – and to secure matching donors to double the impact. Partnering with established nonprofits and programs, World of Change will target 100 percent of the funds raised to provide support in six areas: housing, food security, education, financial literacy, health and wellness, and children’s play.