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“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.
The take from the first “Idaho Gives” day: More than $578,000 in donations to 500-plus Idaho non-profits, with nearly 6,200 people across the state making donations. “I really felt that if we got a couple hundred thousand dollars I would have thought we were pretty successful,” Lynn Hoffman, executive director of the Idaho Nonprofit Center, told the Associated Press. “So to almost reach $600,000 is amazing.”
The Idaho Humane Society was the biggest beneficiary, with $13,123; both the Idaho Foodbank and Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest also received more than $13,000. Smaller nonprofits also got into the act, with seven small groups bringing in more than $3,000. Click below for a full report from the AP.
Hundreds of Idaho nonprofits are gearing up for the first “Idaho Gives” day on Thursday, a statewide fundraising blitz for charity spearheaded by the Idaho Nonprofit Center and sponsored by St. Luke’s Idaho Health System and Idaho Central Credit Union. The effort is modeled after giving days in other states, and centers around the idahogives.org website, where donors all day will be able to select from among more than 500 causes as they make their donations.
The event also includes an array of activities around the state, including open houses, community celebrations, block parties and more; there’s a full listing here. Lynn Hoffman, executive director of the Idaho Nonprofit Center, said, “Our goal really is to make this a very fun and interactive day.” An awards pool will match donors’ contributions and the charities that draw the most donors will be able to win “bonus grants” by size category.
Boise events will include a nonprofit showcase at the Sesquicentennial Shop, a downtown block party at 4thand Grove streets, a celebration in the Grove, and a flash mob in front of the Egyptian Theater, cat adoption specials, children’s activities and more.