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Last year we participated in the first annual ArkansasGives event. The goal was to raise $1 million for Arkansas charities in 12 hours. It seemed like a daunting number. But after the first few hours, we knew all the hard work was worth it. The event raised nearly $2 million!
This year, the goal is to raise $4 million for Arkansas charities. More than 560 nonprofits throughout Arkansas are participating on April 7. Once again, it is a 12-hour online giving event from Arkansas Community Foundation that makes giving to favorite nonprofits hassle free:
Online gifts made through ArkansasGives.org from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 7 will help nonprofit participants earn bonus dollars from a $400,000 bonus pool provided by the Community Foundation. The more money supporters donate through ArkansasGives.org, the more bonus dollars and prizes the nonprofits receive. For example, if a nonprofit receives two percent of the total amount given online April 7, it will receive two percent of the $400,000 bonus pool or $8,000 extra, with a chance for one of the additional prizes.
First Security Bank is contributing a total of $60,000 in prize money for the nonprofits in small, medium and large categories that raise the most dollars and receive the greatest number of individual donors.
Arkansas Community Foundation offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as they learn more about community needs. By making grants and sharing 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 $140 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.
Mark your calendar for ArkansasGives this Thursday, April 7 to give at least $25 to your favorite Arkansas nonprofit.
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