Monday, May 6, 2013

Idaho Gives raises $578,000 for non-profits

More than 500 nonprofits and charities across the state raked in more than $578,000 May 2 as part of “Idaho Gives,” the 24-hour, online fund-raising blitz.

Organizers estimate nearly 6,200 people made donations to help the cause of hundreds of nonprofits taking part in the inaugural statewide fund-raiser.

Borrowing from an idea in place in many other states, the Idaho Nonprofit Center teamed up with nonprofits across the state to encourage Idahoans to take a moment May 2 to pledge support for the cause of their choice. The fundraising — for groups ranging from Big Brothers Big Sisters to Idaho Youth Ranch and the Boise Bicycle Project — unfolded almost entirely on the web.

In our part of the state, Eastern Idaho Technical Foundation raised $3,043.89.

Lynn Hoffmann, executive director of the Idaho Nonprofit Center, said the final tally and total number of first-time donors helped meet first-year expectations.

“I really felt that if we got a couple hundred thousand dollars I would have thought we were pretty successful,” she said. “So to almost reach $600,000 is amazing.”

The Idaho Humane Society raked in $13,123, taking the top spot among large nonprofits, while both the Idaho Foodbank and Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest also received more than $13,000.