Community Foundation hands out bonus money for Georgia Gives Day

Georgia Gives is the gift that keeps on giving for several Columbus-area nonprofit organizations.

The third annual Georgia Gives Day, an online effort to raise money for nonprofits across the state, was held a week ago.

On Wednesday, the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley announced the local nonprofits who received portions of the $40,000 in cash incentives through a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Eight organizations received $2,500 each for getting the most donors during the 24-hour push:

Calvary Christian School, 736

National Infantry Museum Foundation, 211

Teen Advisors, Inc., 171

The Junior League of Columbus, GA , Inc., 153

Trees Columbus, Inc., 131

Family Theatre, 111

Girls, Inc. of Columbus and Phenix-Russell, 102

PAWS Humane, Inc., 102

Four nonprofit organizations were given $2,500 each for raising the most money:

National Infantry Museum Foundation, $119,915

Muscogee County Library Foundation Fund at CFCV, $42,585

Trees Columbus, Inc., $33,205

Teen Advisors, Inc., $29,592Five random area donors will be selected and the nonprofit they gave to will receive $1,000 each:

Open Door Community House, Inc.

Historic Columbus Foundation, Inc.

Calvary Christian School

Chattahoochee Council, Inc. Boy Scouts of America National Infantry Museum Foundation

Two other nonprofits received $2,500 each: Family Theatre for being the 100th donation.

Girls, Inc. of Columbus and Phenix-Russell for being the 1,198th donation.

The Community Foundation was founded in 1998.Across the state, $2.3 million was raised during the 24-hour online giving push. That is significantly more than the $1.4 million raised a year ago.

There were 88 nonprofits in Columbus participating. The top 10 local fundraisers received a total of $327,476.