“Idaho Gives,” a 24-hour statewide donation blitz for more than 650 participating Idaho nonprofits, is on track to exceed last year’s total, organizers report, with the mid-day mark today hitting $400,000 in donations. Last year, the first run for “Idaho Gives,” the event raised $578,000 for more than 500 charities. The nonprofits can win prizes and matching funds; many are holding special events today to rally support for the donation drive.
“The generosity of Idahoans thus far has been tremendous,” said Janice Fulkerson, executive director of the Idaho Nonprofit Center, which organized the event. The minimum donation is $10 and there is no maximum; they're being taken by credit or debit card. The Idaho Nonprofit Center will retain 2 percent of each donation to cover event costs, and the Razoo Foundation, through which the donations flow, will take 4.9 percent for bank fees and website costs. Participation is free for charities that are members of the Idaho Nonprofit Center; for non-member charities, there’s a $25 fee.
Events today range from receptions and parties at various charities to a food truck rally from 4-8 p.m. today at Bogus Basin offices, featuring beer from Highlands Hollow, donation stations, booths and more. To make a donation online, go to www.idahogives.org. The Idaho Nonprofit Center is an association of nonprofits in the states that provides services, training, technical assistance and other aid for Idaho nonprofits.