Nonprofits banking on Georgia Gives Day

ajjohnson@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 11, 2013 

Betsy Covington is the executive director at Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley.

JOE PAULL — jpaull@ledger-enquirer.com

Columbus residents will have an opportunity to support their favorite nonprofits Wednesday during the second annual Georgia Gives Day.

The statewide effort is sponsored by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and allows individuals to make secure online donations via a website called GAgivesday.org, according to information released by the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley.

During a 24-hour period, organizations from Columbus and across the state will try to raise as much money as possible. To leverage local donations, the Community Foundation will award $38,500 to the 83 local nonprofits participating in the event. Organizations participating in the fundraiser must have an office and currently be providing services in Columbus or Muscogee County, and have a profile on the Georgia Gives Day website.

"The first Georgia Gives Day was a great success," said Community Foundation President and CEO Betsy Covington in a statement released by the foundation. "More than $780,000 was contributed across the state and 11 percent of that was to organizations in the Chattahoochee Valley. This year, we have almost doubled our incentives, so we can't wait to see this year's totals."

Local nonprofits will compete for a portion of the foundation's incentive funds by raising awareness and donations for their causes. There will be a "Donor Dash" prize of $2,500 for the eight local organizations that receive the largest number of distinct donors by 11:59 p.m. The foundation will also give $500 "Quick Start" matching prizes to the first two organizations to reach $500. There will be six random "Golden Ticket" drawings where the foundation will add an extra $1,000 to donations of donors whose names are pulled. Credit cards and e-checks will be accepted during the fundraiser.

The statewide effort is underwitten by the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation as a way to encourage the use of new technologies to inform and engage citizens, according to the news release.

"The mission of the Community Foundation is to create 'raging philanthropists" across the 13 counties we serve and strengthen our community for present and future generations," Covington said. "On Georgia Gives Day individuals can give instantly to the causes that mean the most to them and support the nonproifts that make our state a beautiful and wonderful place to live."

For more information call 706-320-0027.

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