BLAIR – Every Nebraskan uses a nonprofit every day, according to the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM), and almost all nonprofits rely on donations to keep their missions moving forward.
The Blair community is dedicating a day, dubbed Washington County Gives, to give back to nonprofits. On “Giving Tuesday,” November 27, Washington County Gives will be hosted by the Blair Area Community Foundation and Blair Area Chamber of Commerce. Last year, the event raised more than $51,300 for worthy causes in Washington County.
That first annual Washington County Gives Day was a rousing success, according to Bob Coffey and Ryan Palmer, co-chairs of the event. The Blair Area Community Foundation and the Blair Area Chamber of Commerce combined forces to raise $51,396.49 for local non-profit organizations on a single day of giving on November 28, 2017.
“One thing we were really pleased to see was the diversity of giving,” said Palmer. “Sixty-six different organizations received donations. We processed 376 donations that day.”
Coffey added, “You’ll notice that the grand total is an odd amount. One of the reasons for that is kids became excited about giving and choosing where their own donations could go. Some kids actually opened their piggy banks to give whatever change they had.”
Giving Days and Giving Tuesday have become popular forms of fundraising. The Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM), a state association that represents more than 500 nonprofit organizations in Nebraska and southwest Iowa, encourages charitable giving through annual Giving Days.
“We invite citizens to support the Washington County area and all of the nonprofits it supports by making an online donation during Washington County Gives,” said Kelly Koepsell, Member Services Director for NAM. “Nonprofit organizations work tirelessly year-round to help their communities through education, outreach and action. Giving Days are a huge opportunity to help make an impact.”
Visit https://www.blairareacommunityfoundation.org/wcne-gives/ for more information on donating during Washington County Gives.