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Idaho Gives 2016

Thursday, May 5

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The first Thursday in May is like a Gem State holiday in which everybody gets to play Santa. Now in its fourth year, Idaho Gives Day is a seemingly bottomless well of goodwill toward nonprofit organizations—last year, nearly 9,000 unique donors contributed more than $1 million to Idaho charities. Again this year, nonprofits will host events to prime the pump while telling their unique stories. Among the highlights is a Downtown Boise Cultural District Arts Block Party: Ballet Idaho, Boise Art Museum, Boise Contemporary Theater, Boise Philharmonic, Boise Rock School, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Opera Idaho will entertain inside and outside the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 4-7 p.m.—but the giving goes all day.