The Union Recorder

November 20, 2013

Local charities raise thousands on day of giving

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — As Georgians rallied to give back to various organizations across the state, local nonprofits were able to raise thousands of dollars for their missions through generous donations during the second annual Georgia Gives Day last week.

Habitat for Humanity of Milledgeville-Baldwin County Executive Director Murali Thirumal said of the 1,720 organizations that participated this year, the local Habitat finished seventh in funds raised.

“We had 132 unique gifts, and we were able to raise $13,344 through online donations. We also were awarded $6,500 in prizes, so in total we raised over $20,000,” Thirumal said. “Georgia Gives Day is about showing the rest of the world that we have team spirit in Milledgeville. It’s sobering to know that we did this. Georgia College students and the board of directors really strategized to promote Georgia Gives Day and put in a lot of hard work. We thank all of our supporters.”

Communities In Schools of Milledgeville-Baldwin County (CISMBC) raised $848 with the help of 31 donors. The nonprofit also received a $500 Golden Ticket award in a drawing, and was one of several local organizations to receive a $2,500 Donor Dash award for having the largest number of distinct donors. Additional prizes awarded were through the partnership of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Community Foundation of Central Georgia.

“This is a great shot in the arm for us this time of year. The money will go toward supporting children in the Baldwin County school system,” said Sandy Baxter, executive director of CISMBC. “It’s a great infusion during this slow time of year for all nonprofits that signed up for Georgia Gives Day; It’s not only great to raise funds but also to raise awareness. We’re really excited to do this again next year.”

Campus Club Milledgeville took part in the 24-hour day of giving for the first time this year, raising $340 from online donors and winning a $2,500 Donor Dash prize. Funds will be used to promote next year’s programs and initiatives.

“This was a great experience for us. Our infrastructure for fundraising wasn’t where I would have liked it to be, but next year we will be more prepared,” said Gregory Barnes, director of Campus Club. “I think Georgia Gives Day is a great opportunity for nonprofits to get the word out and use this platform to really support one another.”

Georgians had the opportunity to give back and help local communities by participating on Georgia Gives Day on Nov. 13, which was initiated by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits as a way to bring the state together as one community, and raise funds and awareness for Georgia nonprofits. More than 11,000 donors came together to donate more than $1.4 million to 1,720 participating organizations across the state.

Other participating organizations from the Milledgeville area included the Animal Rescue Foundation, raising $2,800 via online donations; Georgia Cancer Support, raising $742; Georgia College & State University Foundation, raising $2,385; Georgia Military College Foundation, raising $6,885; Lockerly Arboretum Foundation, raising $2,840; Milledgeville Cares, raising $1,310; and the Oconee River Greenway Foundation; raising $3,836.

Although 24-hour day of giving has passed, people can still contribute year-round to their local charities through the Georgia Gives Day website.

For more information about Georgia Gives Day or to make a donation visit www.gagivesday.org.

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