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Omaha Gives! Celebrates Six Years of Giving with $42 Million Raised for Local Nonprofits since 2013

A total 50,463 donations were given to 970 nonprofits during the sixth annual Omaha Gives! yesterday. This year’s 24-hour online giving day, presented by American National Bank, raised $7.4 million from 18,548 donors.

Since its beginning in 2013, the giving day has now raised more than $42 million from a cumulative 251,403 donations for nonprofit organizations throughout Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie Counties.

“Omaha Gives! continues to inspire tens of thousands in this community to participate in philanthropy. The spirit of the day is truly infectious, and we are grateful for so many partners, most of all our local nonprofit community, who put in tireless hours to make this day a success year after year,” said Sara Boyd, Omaha Community Foundation President & CEO. “The millions raised have a truly lasting impact on our city. The organizations who participated use these funds to address our region’s greatest needs and challenges every day. Whether your donation went to support education, the environment, or the arts—it’s affecting the programs and services that are strengthening our community from the ground up.”

This year $100,000 in prizes were given out to participating nonprofits. One-hundred prizes of $1,000 each amplified the money organizations raised from individual donors. Complete leaderboard results with the number of donors, donation totals, and prizes awarded for each organization can be found here.

In addition to winning prizes, 73 nonprofits boosted their giving totals by utilizing dollar-for-dollar matching challenge funds secured from individual donors. Together, these organizations raised $588,923 in matching funds.

Adding to the fun, nearly 400 community members set-up personal Cheer Pages to engage their own social networks on behalf of favorite nonprofits. New this year, seven prizes were awarded to individuals whose Cheer Pages raised the most money or boasted the most unique donors.

Omaha Gives! continues to inspire the community to engage in local philanthropy, introduce donors to new organizations, and further the connections between residents and the region’s growing nonprofit community. The minimum donation during Omaha Gives! is $10, an amount that the Omaha Community Foundation believes encourages anyone to participate.

Leading the way for Omaha Gives!, the Omaha Community Foundation is proud to help good grow in Omaha by helping more than 1,500 donors facilitate their charitable giving. Since its inception in 1982, donors have granted almost $1.6 billion to area nonprofits, supporting more than 3,000 local charities.

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