Non-profit organizations seeking gifts on first Georgia Gives Day

Non-profit organizations across Columbus and Georgia are asking for donations today on the first-ever Georgia Gives Day. Georgians can give back to the organizations that help make their communities safer, happier and better places to live by visiting www.GAgivesday.org and donating to the nonprofits that mean the most to them, said Betsy Covington, executive director of the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley.

People may notice they are receiving emails and social media messages from non-profit organizations seeking donations today.

Georgia Gives Day will last until midnight. Organized by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, the 24-hour “Flash Mob of Giving” will generate much-needed dollars for organizations throughout the state. The online transactions are secure, and one hundred percent of proceeds will go directly to participating nonprofits by donating through www.GAgivesday.org, Covington said.

Locally, more than 80 nonprofit organizations have registered to participate. “From the Boys and GirlsClub to the Chattahoochee RiverWarden to the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus – our nonprofitssee this as an opportunity to attract new donors,” said Covington. “It’s wonderful that the Georgia Center forNonprofits has made it so easy to give.”

And the Community Foundation is sweetening the pot by offering additional grants of $2,500 each to theeight Columbus nonprofits that attract the largest number of donors during the day.

“‘Giving Days’ are becoming wonderfully popular around the country, spurred by caring communitiesand fueled by great emerging technology,” said Covington. “Just two weeks ago, GiveMN, inits fourth year, raised more than $16 million for 6,100 Minnesota nonprofits in just one day! We thinkGeorgians will embrace this idea just as enthusiastically.”

According to Covington, Georgia Gives Day offers a great way for people to support organizations thatthey already care about, as well as discover a few new favorites that are doing great work.