An organization that raises money for nearly 340 nonprofits in the Midlands hit a record of almost $1.7 million this year, the group announced Wednesday.
Midlands Gives 2017 received $1,672, 118 from a record number of donors during its one-day event on May 2, according to the organization’s news release. The latest total is $68,471 more than the $1,603,647 raised last year and reflects contributions from 13,765 “everyday philanthropists,” the group said.
“We invited the community to embrace their inner philanthropist this year,” said JoAnn Turnquist, president of Central Carolina Community Foundation, which hosted Midlands Gives. “(W)e welcomed more new donors than ever before ...,” she said.
The percentage of first-time donors rose to 46 percent this year, up from 43 percent in 2016, the news release states. This year, each of the 337 nonprofits received a donation.
Since its inception in 2014, the 24-hour online giving challenge, has raised $5,523,721 for groups in 11 Midlands counties, the groups said.