Follow live: #MidlandsGives tops $500,000 in donations

05/04/2014 7:12 PM

05/06/2014 8:57 PM

Central Carolina Community Foundation will present the Midlands’ first regional day of giving Tuesday.

The 24-hour online giving challenge, Midlands Gives, is designed to raise money and awareness of 150 Midlands nonprofit groups.

The day is part of the national Give Local America that encourages people to make gifts to support vital causes in their communities. The effort is a celebration of the centennial anniversary of community foundations nationwide and promotes and encourages local philanthropy.

“Giving Days are becoming widely popular around the country as they are spurred by engaged communities and social media,” said JoAnn Turnquist, president and chief executive officer of Central Carolina Community Foundation. “They provide an opportunity for anyone to become a philanthropist with an online donation.”

All donations to Midlands participating nonprofits Tuesday will be supplemented with bonus dollars from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Lipscomb Family Foundation.

To see a list of participating nonprofits and to donate, visit between midnight and 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

Once at the site, donors can scroll through the list of nonprofits to select their favorite organization or use the drop-down menu to find a nonprofit that works in a particular cause.

Residents can give to one or more organizations, and the minimum contribution level is $20.

“We look forward to magnifying the Midlands on May 6 by connecting local nonprofits to the generous folks in our community,” Turnquist said.

Bertram Rantin

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