A total 52,886 donations—a new record—were given to 923 nonprofits during the fifth annual Omaha Gives! yesterday. This year’s 24-hour online giving day, presented by American National Bank, raised $7.8 million from 18,767 donors.Since its inception in 2013, the giving day has now raised more than $35 million from a cumulative 200,000 donations for nonprofit organizations throughout Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie Counties.
Omaha Gives! is truly a day about bringing people together, celebrating philanthropy, and recognizing the contributions our nonprofit community makes day in and day out to create a stronger region where we live and work.
We have seen a tireless commitment from thousands of people who put in time to donate, spread the word, and support one another during Omaha Gives! The spirit and energy is what makes the day special; it’s a day where every dollar makes a difference, and when every donation is celebrated, no matter how big or how small.
In addition to a record number of donations and donors, highlights of the giving day included $486,219 in matching challenge funds secured by individual nonprofit organizations, and nearly 400 community members utilizing personal cheer pages to engage their own social networks on behalf of favorite nonprofits.
Omaha Gives! has consistently ranked in the top seven giving days in the country since it began five years ago—an impressive feat for the region. Year after year the Omaha community has surpassed expectations and come together not only to give, but to raise awareness about the area’s nonprofit community.
The minimum donation during Omaha Gives! is $10, an amount that the Omaha Community Foundation believes encourages anyone in the community to participate. As in past years, donations were amplified throughout the day with 45 participation prizes awarded in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 and 48 hourly prizes of $535 each. Complete leaderboard results with the number of donors and donation totals for each organization can be found here.
Leading the way for Omaha Gives!, the Omaha Community Foundation is proud to let good grow in Omaha by helping more than 1,400 donors facilitate their charitable giving. This year the Foundation is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Since its inception in 1982, donors have granted almost $1.4 billion to area nonprofits, supporting more than 3,000 local charities.
The community celebrates together each year in May. Visit OmahaGives.org to give and learn more.