Idaho Nonprofit Center Introduces “Idaho Gives” Statewide Day of Charitable Giving To Benefit Hundreds of Nonprofits

April 21, 2013

(BOISE) – The Idaho Nonprofit Center, in an effort to shine the spotlight on Idaho’s nonprofits and the critical work that they do, has announced they will be hosting the inaugural “Idaho Gives,” a single day of statewide charitable giving occurring on May 2.

“This day is a unique celebration of the important role that our many nonprofits play in our communities,” said Lynn Hoffmann, Executive Director of the Idaho Nonprofit Center. “By focusing the public’s attention on the great work our nonprofits do, we hope to spur people into action on May 2, allowing them to pick their favorite charity, learn about other charities, and make a donation through the Idaho Gives web site.”

Idaho Gives is modeled after highly successful philanthropic giving days in various states and cities across the country. In larger states, millions of dollars have been raised in a single day. The public will be engaged in communities throughout the state using a combination of traditional and new media. Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are critical tools in getting people, even those who don’t regularly contribute to nonprofits, to quickly and easily make a donation to their favorite organization(s). Hoffmann notes that the goals for the inaugural Idaho Gives day are to attract more than 5000 donors, giving a combined total of more than $500,000 to hundreds of nonprofits.

The event largely takes place online, driven by a central idahogives.org web site, where donors can learn about and designate funds for nonprofits in a number of categories, including arts & culture, children & youth, environment, humanitarian aid, education, animals, and religious organizations. Event sponsors have contributed money for a pool of match and prize funds, such that throughout the day organizations and donors will have the opportunity to multiply donations thoroughly hourly competitions, random drawings, and other giving incentives.

The Idaho Nonprofit Center encourages any nonprofit with an IRS-certified 501(c)(3) designation to participate in the day. Idaho Gives allows them to elevate their profile, expand their online and social media presence, call attention to the work they’re doing, and raise critical funds. Interested nonprofits can find more information and register at the Idaho Nonprofit Center’s web site: www.idahononprofits.org.

Hoffmann is optimistic that Idahoans will rally behind Idaho Gives: “Idaho ranks very high for the amount of time our citizens give to nonprofits. Idaho Gives will draw the entire state’s attention to the key role our nonprofits play in our communities and the importance of sustaining them with donations.”

Idaho Gives is being sponsored by St. Luke’s Idaho Health System. For more information, go to www.idahogives.org, or look for Idaho Gives on Facebook and Twitter.