Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation will host the second North Platte Giving Day on May 3.For 24 hours, you can choose your favorite causes and how much to give. "You can give online from your computer, smartphone and tablet or by dropping off checks at local places," said organizer Eric Seacrest, Community Foundation executive director.
“It’s easy and it’s exciting,” Seacrest said.
A real-time leaderboard will provide updates on donations throughout the day. And just by donating, donors can help their favorite non-profits win cash prizes.
Participating nonprofits will receive the full amount of each donation. Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation and an anonymous donor will cover all transaction and credit card fees, Seacrest said, so all donations go to the place chosen.
Non-profit organizations have registered at www.NorthPlatteGivingDay.org. They are 501(c)(3) organizations in good standing with the IRS, providing services other than religious, and located 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, Seacrest said.
North Platte Giving Day is modeled after other giving day events around the country to help non-profits attract funds needed to serve their communities.
North Platte Giving Day fits the mission of the Community Foundation to serve charitable people and worthy causes, said Community Foundation President Larry Stobbs. “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.”
Last year, more than 50 local non-profits received donations during North Platte Giving Day. Donations totaled $102,000, despite technical problems that affected the North Platte website and other giving day websites around the country.
The Community Foundation is using a different 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.”