Nonprofits in Macon and Milledgeville considered for $83K incentive donation in support of second annual Georgia Gives Day
MACON, Ga. – Nov. 1, 2013 – Nonprofit organizations in Macon and Milledgeville are competing for $83,000 in incentive prizes to be awarded on Wednesday, Nov. 13, and they’re asking for the community’s help to win. Thanks to the generous support and partnership from the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, the Community Foundation of Central Georgia (CFCG) will be pledging incentive funds to nonprofits based in and providing service in Bibb and Baldwin Counties.
The incentive funds will be awarded as part of Georgia Gives Day, a 24-hour period on Nov. 13 in which all Georgians are asked to give to the nonprofit of their choice by logging onto www.GAgivesday.org. Now in its second year, this effort will raise donations to directly benefit participating organizations. More than $900,000 was raised in 2012. Approximately 90 nonprofits in Bibb and Baldwin Counties are taking part in this year’s GA Gives Day and are eligible for these incentive awards.
Participating nonprofits in Bibb and Baldwin counties will have a chance to win a portion of the incentive funds by raising awareness—and donations—for their cause. The first organization in each county to reach $500 in donations, on Nov. 13, will receive a $500 matching “Quick Start” prize. The organizations who receive the greatest number of donations during designated “Power Hours” will receive an additional $1,000.
The biggest prize of the day will be the “Donor Dash,” a $2,500 prize to organizations who have received the largest number of distinct donors by 11:59 p.m. ET on Nov. 13. (Click for a full list of prizes for Bibb and Baldwin County nonprofits). In addition, these nonprofits are also eligible for statewide prizes administered by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, the organization leading this effort.
Knight Foundation selected Macon, Milledgeville and Columbus, because they comprise three of 26 cities with newspapers owned by the Knight family. Beverly Blake, Macon program director for Knight Foundation, asserts the importance of Georgia Gives Day in bringing new donors to nonprofits in these communities.
“One of the great strengths of Georgia Gives Day is that it’s a very easy way for our nonprofits to embrace technology as an information tool and connect with the next generation of donors,” Blake said. “Online gifts can be for as little as five dollars. It creates a whole new personal connection to philanthropy and the community.”
GCN President and CEO Karen Beavor points to the support of organizations, like Knight Foundation and partnerships with CFCG as integral to making this the most philanthropic day in Georgia’s history.
“Our goal is for more than 10,000 donors across the state of Georgia to step up and support their favorite organization and communities on Nov. 13,” Beavor said. “We live our lives in nonprofits from the hospital we were born in to parks, religious organizations, animal and wildlife organizations, and countless other causes. Georgia Gives Day is about inspiring Georgians to support the work of nonprofits in their own communities.”
Including Bibb and Baldwin Counties, CFCG serves a total of 20 counties across the region, and President Kathryn Dennis has set a goal of raising $250,000 from 3,500 donors across their central Georgia footprint.
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. GA Gives Day is sponsored by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.
Georgia Gives Day takes place on Nov. 13, 2013 – the day Georgians across the state will donate to the nonprofit of their choice. www.GAgivesday.org. Follow us on Twitter @GAgives and like us on Facebook.
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. Learn more at GCN.org, follow us on Twitter @Ganonprofits, and like us on Facebook.
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