ATLANTA, Nov. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the clock struck midnight ending the fourth annual Georgia Gives Day, the tally stood at a record-breaking $3,673,562 in donations. More than 2,400 nonprofits across the state are celebrating the virtual outpouring of support from 17,318 Georgians—making November 12, 2015, the biggest giving day in the state's history. Donations ranged from $1 to $300,000, supporting nonprofits of all sizes and causes, from all corners of the state and beyond.
Thursday's success continues to build on the momentum from the first three years of Georgia Gives Day. Launched in 2012, the 24-hour fundraising blitz has grown year over year, raising more than $8.9 million and securing more than 54,000 donations. This year saw the most dramatic increase in giving yet, surpassing the 2014 campaign by $1.3 million. Participation amongst the state's nonprofits has also continued to rise, from 1,346 in 2012 to 2,453 in 2015.
"Yesterday's record level of generosity proved the truth of this year's campaign theme: on Georgia Gives Day, our community comes together 'For the Greater Good,'" said Karen Beavor, president and CEO of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, which hosts the annual event. "We saw donors across the state rallying to support the organizations committed to strengthening and enriching the communities in which we live and work. Together, we have created a powerful annual giving movement in Georgia that continues to grow."
GAgivesday.org is open for donations year-round, and starting today, organizations not currently participating will be able to enroll to leverage the site for end-of-year giving and participate in the next Georgia Gives Day on November 17, 2016.
Beyond the funds received, the Georgia Gives Day initiative is accomplishing something much more – it is proving the power of partnership and the potential of a uniquely massive collaboration between nonprofits, foundations, companies, government and individuals who care.
The growing success of the Georgia Gives Day initiative is fueled by a generous group of corporate sponsors and media partners including Ames Scullin O'Haire, Arby's Foundation, AutoTrader.com, Chick-fil-A Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company, Comcast, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Cox Enterprises, Cox Media Group, Edelman, Encyclomedia, Fiserv/Popmoney, Georgia Association of Broadcasters, Georgia Natural Gas, Giv360, State Bank, SunTrust Foundation, Wells Fargo, WSB-TV Family 2 Family, and WXIA-TV 11Alive.
About Georgia Gives Day
Presented by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, Georgia Gives Day brings the state together as one community to raise as much money and awareness as possible for Georgia nonprofits in a 24-hour period, with 100 percent of the funds going directly to participating organizations. GAgivesday.org makes donating easy by organizing thousands of nonprofits across the state onto one website, providing the information people need to select a cause or charity of their choice and enabling online donations. Follow us on Twitter @GAgives and like us on Facebook.
Meigan Brennaman, 678-916-3078, [email protected]
SOURCE Georgia Center for Nonprofits