Arkansans Challenged to Give to the Causes They Care About

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Arkansans Challenged to Give to the Causes They Care About
On April 6 through ArkansasGives.org
Goal is $5 million for Arkansas nonprofits from the one-day online event

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 3, 2017) – Arkansas Community Foundation is challenging Arkansans to make online gifts to their favorite causes through ArkansasGives.org from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. During the online event, more than 930 participating nonprofits from throughout the state can earn bonus dollars from a $400,000 bonus pool provided by the Community Foundation.

“It’s one day, one easy way to give for Arkansans,” said Heather Larkin, President and CEO of Arkansas Community Foundation. “ArkansasGives helps nonprofits grow the love. Money raised online on April 6 fuels missions that improve the lives of neighbors in need and boosts community efforts.”

In the past two years, more than $6 million has been raised through ArkansasGives. This year’s one-day goal is $5 million. On Thursday, the public will be able to give online from smartphones, tablets or personal computers by going to ArkansasGives.org, choosing one or more nonprofits from the 900-plus participating and making a donation of $25 or more using their credit cards.

The Community Foundation created ArkansasGives to get people excited about giving to nonprofits at a time other than the traditional year-end and reach out to new givers; to expand marketing and fundraising capabilities for Arkansas nonprofits so that they can take advantage of social media and online giving to achieve their missions; and to increase awareness of the impact of nonprofits statewide.

Nonprofits signed up Oct. 1 through Feb. 14 to become participants. Online gifts made through ArkansasGives.org will help these nonprofits earn bonus dollars and special prizes. The more money supporters donate through ArkansasGives.org, the more bonus dollars and prizes the nonprofits receive. For example, if a nonprofit receives one percent of the total amount given online this Thursday, it will receive one percent of the $400,000 bonus pool or $4,000 extra, with a chance for one of the additional prizes linked to most dollars and most donors by size and service category.

In addition to bonus pool funds, nonprofits will compete for $60,000 in prizes from First Security Bank for small, medium and large categories earning the most dollars and having the highest number of individual donors. Jane Hunt Meade will provide $10,000 in prizes for most dollars raised in 10 service categories.

ArkansasGives media partners include the Arkansas Press Association, iHeart Media, THV 11 in Little Rock, KAIT 8 in Jonesboro, KFSM TV 5 in Fort-Smith-Fayetteville and Soiree Magazine.

Arkansas Community Foundation offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their knowledge, the Community Foundation supports charitable programs that work for Arkansas and partners to create new initiatives that address the gaps.  Since 1976, the Community Foundation has provided more than $156 million in grants and partnered with thousands of Arkansans to help them improve our neighborhoods, our towns and our entire state. Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 27 affiliates are fully tax deductible.

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