A total 48,651 donations were given to 961 nonprofits during the seventh annual Omaha Gives! on May 22. This year’s 24-hour online giving day, presented by American National Bank, raised $6.7 million from 18,612 donors.
Since the giving day launched in 2013, Omaha Gives! has now raised more than $49 million from a cumulative 300,054 donations for nonprofit organizations throughout Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie Counties.
“Yesterday our entire community came together to support hundreds of local nonprofits. Whether you gave $10 or $1,000, attended an event, or participated on social media, we hope you were inspired to celebrate the hard work of our community’s nonprofits. It’s a day when anyone can be a philanthropist, and when $10 really does make a difference to these organizations,” said Sara Boyd, Omaha Community Foundation President and CEO. “Of course we’re proud of the nearly $7 million raised for our three-county area—but we’re especially proud that this day is about encouraging donors to find organizations whose programs inspire them, and nonprofits sharing the real impact their work has across our community. We’re grateful—and thankful—for the hard work of all our partners, most of all the nonprofits whose dedication made the seventh Omaha Gives! such a success.”
This year, $112,000 in prizes were given out to participating nonprofits. One hundred and twelve prizes of $1,000 each amplified the money organizations raised from individual donors; nonprofits could win random hourly drawings or participation prizes based on the number of unique donors who gave to their organization. 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, 70 nonprofits increased their giving totals by utilizing dollar-for-dollar matching Challenge Funds secured from individual donors. Together, these organizations raised more than $700,000 in matching funds—a new record.
Adding to the fun and competition, nearly 745 community members set-up individual Cheer Pages where they had the opportunity personally fundraise for their favorite nonprofits. Seven prizes were awarded at the end of the night to individuals whose Cheer Pages boasted the most unique donors.
Leading the way for Omaha Gives!, the Omaha Community Foundation is proud to help good grow in Omaha by helping more than 1,700 donors facilitate their charitable giving. Since its inception in 1982, donors have granted almost $1.7 billion to area nonprofits, supporting more than 3,000 local charities.