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Arkansans can make a positive impact on their communities by giving online at ArkansasGives.org from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today to help reach the goal of $1 million raised for nonprofits statewide through the Arkansas Community Foundation’s ArkansasGives event.
More than 350 nonprofits statewide are participating in ArkansasGives. Online gifts made via ArkansasGives.org will help nonprofit organizations earn bonus dollars from a $250,000 bonus pool provided by the Community Foundation.
“The public can give online from smartphones, tablets or personal computers by going to ArkansasGives.org, choosing one or more nonprofits from those participating and making a donation.” said Heather Larkin, CEO of Arkansas Community Foundation. “In addition to the value of their gift, ArkansasGives donors will help nonprofits receive a portion of the bonus dollars and help them vie for prizes in a variety of categories.”
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 today, it will receive two percent of the $250,000 bonus pool or $5,000 extra, with a chance for one of the additional prizes.
Governor Asa Hutchinson held a ribbon cutting at ArkansasGives Headquarters in the AT&T Building in downtown Little Rock this morning to kick off the event.
More than $200,000 was raised by 9:00am. Several people were on hand to make donations, including Reynie Rutledge, chairman of First Security Bank.
First Security Bank is contributing a total of $40,000 in prize money for the nonprofits that raise the most dollars and receive gifts from the greatest number of individual donors. First Security Prizes include:
In addition, Jane Hunt Meade has provided $10,000 for prizes for the nonprofits that raise the most dollars in several categories of service, including health, education and human services.
ArkansasGives partners and sponsors include Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance, AT&T Arkansas, First Security Bank, THV 11 in Little Rock, KFSM News 5 in Fort Smith, KAIT8 in Jonesboro, the Arkansas Press Association, AY Magazine, KUAR/KLRE Public Radio, and iHeartMedia radio stations statewide.
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 $120 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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