Donate to your favorite charity on Georgia Gives Day

Posted by Dena Mellick November 11, 2015
Children can read and play in the community room at Hagar's House Emergency Shelter in Decatur. Photo by Dena Mellick

Children can read and play in the community room at Hagar’s House Emergency Shelter in Decatur. Photo by Dena Mellick

Charities and nonprofits are asking Georgians to support them on Georgia Gives Day, Thursday Nov. 12.

The day of giving highlights the work of nonprofits, and in some cases, allows charities to receive matching gifts through grants.

You can even search the Georgia Gives Day website to find a local charity to donate to or a cause that interests you.

Decatur Cooperative Ministry, re:loom, The United Methodist Children’s Home, and the Woodlands Garden of Decatur are just a few of the charities taking part in Georgia Gives Day. Decaturish has previously profiled Hagar’s House through Decatur Cooperative Ministry and re:loom.

Other participating area charities include Ahimsa House, an emergency shelter for domestic abuse victims and their pets, CaringWorks, Inc., working to end homelessness, and MedShare, which packs and sends medical supplies to other countries.

More than 2,000 nonprofits are taking part. “Since 2012, Georgia Gives Day has garnered nearly 41,000 donations and raised more than $5.2 million,” said the Georgia Center for Nonprofits in a press release. “Last year alone, the event raised almost $2.3 million, and according to a survey, 9 percent of donors made their first ever donation to a nonprofit and 15 percent gave to a new nonprofit.”

Here is the full press release with more details:

Georgians Gear Up for Georgia Gives Day on November 12, 2015

ATLANTA (October 19, 2015) – On Thursday, November 12, 2015, Georgians will show their support for the work and worth of nonprofits during the fourth annual Georgia Gives Day. From midnight to midnight, donors statewide are encouraged to visit GAgivesday.org and give to their favorites of more than 2,000 participating nonprofits. Causes represent the full scope of nonprofits that make Georgia rich in social and cultural care including education, animal homelessness, the environment, youth development, healthcare and more.

“Each year, Georgia Gives Day highlights the important work of local nonprofits in sustaining and building our communities while also helping Georgians discover and connect with organizations that share their passions,” said Karen Beavor, president and CEO of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, which hosts the annual flash mob of giving. “Especially given the growing tenor of divisiveness in our country, we love seeing Georgians enjoy this unique opportunity to rally around not just one specific cause, but the whole nonprofit sector. We consider it a giving movement ‘For the Greater Good,’ this year’s Georgia Gives Day theme.”

Since 2012, Georgia Gives Day has garnered nearly 41,000 donations and raised more than $5.2 million. Last year alone, the event raised almost $2.3 million, and according to a survey, 9 percent of donors made their first ever donation to a nonprofit and 15 percent gave to a new nonprofit.

To inspire giving and continue this momentum, many participating nonprofits have secured matching and challenge grants that will double the impact of donations and allow individuals to “Max My Gift.” In addition, Georgia Gives Day 2015 will once again feature competitions that award thousands of dollars in prizes to help participating nonprofits make the most of the day, including prizes for organizations receiving the “Most Donors;” “Power Hours” to reward nonprofits who receive the most donations during that time; and random “Golden Ticket” drawings that add up to $250 to individual donations. From now until November 2, Georgia Gives Day also encourages supporters to post a #GAgivesday #unselfie to win a donation to a participating nonprofit of their choice.

To learn more about Georgia Gives Day and make an online donation, visit GAgivesday.org.

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. For more information, visit gcn.org.

Media Contact Betsy Reid, Georgia Center for Nonprofits, 678-916-3028, breid@gcn.org

About Dena Mellick

Dena Mellick is the Associate Editor of Decaturish.com.

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