Each day, nonprofits make contributions to communities and causes. But with shrinking state budgets, the help of charitable organizations and those who give is more important than ever.
Thursday, May 2, the inaugural Idaho Gives campaign hopes to energize those causes by celebrating Idaho's nonprofits and donors with a statewide day of charitable giving.
Hosted by the Idaho Nonprofit Center, the campaign takes place mostly online, offering donors a central place to connect with the Gem State's 501(c)(3) nonprofits.
The Idaho Gives platform allows donors to find their favorite nonprofits and info about new local causes.
Participating nonprofits include the Discovery Center of Idaho, Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, Agency for New Americans and many, many more.
Idaho Gives hopes to attract more than 5,000 donors, for a combined total of more than $500,000 donated to hundreds of participating nonprofits. But the program offers more than convenience—by donating on this date, gifts will be even bigger since a share of each dollar contributed will be matched by the Idaho Gives Award Pool. That's right, more money to your favorite nonprofits thanks to a program whose sponsors include the George and Bev Harad Family Foundation, Boise's Riverside Hotel, Idaho Falls Steel Potatoes, A.J. and Susie Balukoff and the Edward F. and Vickie S. O'Gara Foundation.
The top five nonprofits with the most individual donors will receive bonus grants ranging from $250 to $3,000. Even if you can't contribute, you can still participate. Idaho Gives also offers resources for starting local fundraisers for their nonprofit of choice.
Contributions will be taken beginning at midnight.