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First ‘Idaho Gives’ day brings in more than $578K for 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.


Idaho nonprofits gear up for first statewide ‘Idaho Gives’ day on Thurs.

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.

Idaho Gives Launches Thursday

Hundreds of Idaho nonprofits are making final preparations for the inaugural “Idaho Gives,” an unprecedented day of statewide, charitable giving taking place on Thursday. Groups have been busy reaching out to supporters new and old—via direct mail, email, web sites, and social media—to drive traffic and donations to idahogives.org this coming Thursday.  Donors will have over 500 causes to choose from when they participate in Idaho Gives. “It’s extremely gratifying to see so many nonprofits working together toward a common goal and being rather creative in drawing attention to their organizations,” said Lynn Hoffmann, Executive Director of the Idaho Nonprofit Center, which is presenting the event. “Following several months of planning, we’re thrilled to see the participating nonprofits really embracing the spirit of Idaho Gives and generating excitement in their communities.” Activities related to the giving day are scheduled for all over the state/News Release. More here. And: Idaho Gives Web site here.

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Allen Foundation gives $655K to seven Idaho nonprofits

Here's a news item from the Associated Press:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Catholic Charities of Idaho are among a handful of nonprofits around the state getting more than $650,000 from The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. The Seattle-based foundation announced its latest round of grants Tuesday. Each year, the foundation supports nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest, and this year seven Idaho groups split $655,000. The Idaho Shakespeare Festival got $125,000 to support a technology project, while Catholic Charities received $110,000 for a project to provide financial stability to low-income residents. The foundation also gave $50,000 to the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nev., to underwrite a multimedia project for the annual Fiddler's Pilgrimage in Weiser. Other winners include the Boise Art Museum and the Idaho Nonprofit Center. The foundation has injected $4.3 million into Idaho since 1990.