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The first annual Georgia Gives Day, held December 6, was a resounding success, generating state-wide contributions of $782,225 during a 24-hour flash mob of giving, announced Betsy Covington, executive director of the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley.

Locally, supporters made 1,474 contributions to Chattahoochee Valley organizations totaling $82,942 – 11 percent of the state-wide total.

Covington added that an additional 401 contributions totaling $45,789 were made to state-wide organizations that identify themselves as doing work in the Chattahoochee Valley area.

"We're so pleased with the generosity that folks showed on this first-ever Georgia Gives Day," Covington commented.  "Donations like this add up quickly and help provide meals for the needy, shelter for homeless animals, free museum exhibitions and medical care for the uninsured.  People can use www.GAgives.org to quickly and easily "give back" to causes that they are passionate about."

 

The Community Foundation Awards $20,000 in Matching Funds

To sweeten the deal for the first Georgia Gives Day, the Community Foundation promised $20,000 of matching funds to encourage participation among Columbus nonprofits.  The money will be distributed in $2,500 grants to the eight Columbus organizations that attracted the largest number of distinct donors during the day. 

The local winners of the $2,500 grants are:

  • Calvary Christian School of Columbus, GA, Inc.

  • The Columbus Habitat for Humanity Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation

  • The Columbus Museum, Inc.

  • Columbus Regional Tennis Association (CORTA)

  • MercyMed of Columbus

  • The National Infantry Foundation

  • Open Door Community House, Inc.

  • PAWS Humane, Inc.

 

The John S. & James L. Knight Foundation underwrote the matching effort as a way to encourage the use of new technologies to inform and engage citizens in its 26 national Knight Communities.

"The answers to Columbus' challenges, and the key to our future, comes from within our own communities," said Beverly Blake, Macon program director for Knight Foundation. "We have a highly-skilled nonprofit sector and compassionate residents eager to help. Georgia Gives Day connects both to help our community succeed." 

The grant checks will be hand-delivered to the eight organizations by the Community Foundation, giving them additional support to help them carry out their missions and serve our area.

"Each of these organizations does great work here in our community," said Covington.  "It's a pleasure for us to add an additional bit of support, and we know they'll use the money wisely."

 

Who Attracted the Most Money?

The ten local organizations that attracted the largest donated amounts are:

Organization

Contributed

The ArtBeat Fund at the Community Foundation

$8,626

Calvary Christian School of Columbus, GA, Inc.

$6,538

Open Door Community House, Inc.

$5,685

The National Infantry Foundation

$5,204

MidTown, Inc.

$4,105

88.5 The Truth, Inc.

$3,845

MercyMed of Columbus

$3,633

The Columbus Habitat for Humanity Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation

$3,314

Columbus Hospice, Inc.

$3,115

Trees Columbus, Inc.

$2,890

 

Covington believes December 6's results show that Georgia Gives Day has great potential for our state.  "Minnesota's recent Giving Day generated more than $16 million in donations in 24 hours, and it was just their fourth year of the program," commented Covington.  "Each of our lives has been touched by a nonprofit, and Georgia can do at least that well.  It's going to be exciting to watch this program grow year to year."

 

About Georgia Gives Day

The mission of Georgia Gives Day is to inspire individuals to donate to participating nonprofits with the goal of raising as much money as possible within a 24-hour period. GAgivesday.org makes donating easy by organizing hundreds of nonprofits across the state onto one website, providing  the information people need to select a cause or charity of their choice, and enabling online donations by credit card or e-check.

Georgia Gives Day collectively raised $782,225in a single day of giving. Participants visited www.GAgivesday.org and gave to a nonprofit of their choosing.

 

About the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley:

The Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley was formed in 1998 by a group of citizens interested in encouraging philanthropy and strengthening communities.  Since then, the Community Foundation has grown to more than $95 million in assets and has awarded over $58 million in grants through its donor advised, unrestricted, designated, scholarship, and organization endowment funds.  As a local center for philanthropy, the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley works with individuals, families, corporations, private foundations and not-for-profit organizations to carry out their charitable objectives and address emerging community issues.  For more, visit www.cfcv.com.

 

About the Georgia Center for Nonprofits

The Georgia Center for Nonprofits builds thriving communities by helping nonprofits succeed. Through a powerful mix of advocacy, solutions for nonprofit effectiveness, and insight building tools, GCN provides nonprofits, board members and donors with the tools they need to strengthen organizations that make a difference on important causes throughout Georgia. www.gcn.org

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