Local nonprofit organizations participating in "Idaho Gives" on Thursday are gearing up for what they hope will be unprecedented day of giving in Bingham County.
The statewide 24-hour fundraising blitz will begin at midnight on Thursday and will end at 11:59 p.m.
Throughout the fundraiser donations, starting at $10, can be made to participating Bingham County nonprofit organizations: Partners for Prosperity, Friends of the North Bingham County District Library, Bingham County Humane Society, Bingham County Historical Society, Blackfoot Community Center and Blackfoot Performing Arts Center, and other organizations throughout the state by simply going to www.idahogives.org .
Organizations will be awarded additional funds through random drawings and daylong contests, greatly increasing the donations - some as much as 50 percent, throughout the fun and interactive event.
Jessica Sotelo, executive director of Partners for Prosperity in Blackfoot, is looking forward to this inaugural event that she hopes will become an annual day of giving, saying, "Nonprofits depend on the donations and support of the people in the region. We continually have to do more with less without impacting the people who use our services. Every dollar counts.
"I encourage everyone to support the cause or organization that speaks to their heart. There is a full range of causes from arts to animals...to community causes such as poverty and literacy," she added.
Idaho Gives, modeled after 'giving days' in other states was organized by the Idaho Nonprofit Center with a goal of attracting more than 5,000 donors with a combined giving goal of $500,000. Companies including St. Luke's Idaho Health Systems and Idaho Central Credit Union have agreed to pay $40,000 to help boost dollar amounts raised.
Donors can learn more about participating organizations by region by visiting http://idahogives.wordpress.com/whos-in .