The Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation will host the second North Platte Giving Day on May 3.During this 24-hour community giving event, you can choose your favorite causes and how much to give from online at your computer, smart phone, tablet or by dropping checks at local donation sites, said Eric Seacrest, the executive director of the Community Foundation.
“It’s easy and it’s exciting,” Seacrest said.
Non-profit organizations should register to participate by March 24 at www.NorthPlatteGivingDay.org.
A real-time leader board will update donation totals throughout the day on May 3. And, just by donating, donors can help their favorite non-profits win cash prizes provided by sponsors.
Participating non-profits will receive the full amount of each donation. The Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation and an anonymous donor will cover all the transaction and credit card fees, Seacrest said.
Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in good standing with the IRS may register, if located and providing services other than religious in North Platte or Lincoln County. There is no charge for non-profits to participate.
Giving Day donations are deductible as charitable contributions to the fullest extent allowed by law.
North Platte Giving Day is modeled after other giving days around the country to help non-profits attract necessary funds to serve their communities.
North Platte Giving Day fits the mission of the Community Foundation to serve charitable people and worthy causes, Community Foundation president Larry Stobbs said.
“Our board of directors wants the community to know more about the important work of non-profits in this area and their need for financial support,” Stobbs said.
Last year, more than 50 local non-profits received donations during North Platte Giving Day. Donations totaled $102,000 despite technical problems that affected not only the North Platte website, but other giving day websites around the country last May.
The Community Foundation is using a different giving day website this year, provided by CiviCore, based in Denver, Seacrest said.
“CiviCore provides a time-tested and trusted platform for some of the largest giving days in the country, including recent giving day successes in Omaha, Pittsburgh and Colorado,” he said.