GiveChoose, the 24-hour donation drive for local nonprofits, raised a record $265,786 yesterday. That’s 20 percent over last year’s GiveChoose campaign.
Throughout the day, Loudouners were invited to go to GiveChoose.org to donate to their charity of choice from among the 65 participating nonprofits. Visitors could choose from among animal welfare, environment, health, human services, education, youth, arts and culture, and community development nonprofits to support with a donation of $10 or more.
Throughout the day, as gifts come in to support a donor’s chosen nonprofit, charities add up those gifts to compete for monetary awards from a prize pool throughout the 24-hour period. Twenty-seven nonprofits received prizes ranging from $100 to $750.
It was a youth outreach organization that led the campaign drumming up the most dollars donated, bringing in $41,151. That nonprofit is A Place to Be in Middleburg, which provides music and expressive art therapy to help young people overcome physical, medical, behavioral, learning, intellectual, developmental, social and life challenges.
Just behind A Place to Be in donations raised was Loudoun Hunger Relief ($20,996), Mobile Hope ($16,732), HealthWorks for Northern Virginia ($12,257), and A Farm Less Ordinary ($11,751).
The Small Nonprofit category was led by Humane Society of Loudoun County which was supported with $9,930 in donations.
Other nonprofits that won grand prizes for their showing yesterday were Loudoun Hunger Relief, for drawing the most number of donors give in the Large Nonprofit category; and Loudoun Wildlife, which had the most donors in the Small Nonprofit category.
In total, 1,718 donors gave during the campaign, 600 more than last year. Eighty-six percent of the participating nonprofits received a gift from a brand new donor.
And it’s not too late to give. GiveChoose.org will stay live through Thursday and continue to accept donations for the 65 participating nonprofits.
GiveChoose is put on by the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, a grantmaking organization that promotes community philanthropy by working with local donors who create local giving circles and personalized endowment funds. Learn more about the foundation at CommunityFoundationLF.org.