For the third straight year, St. James Catholic Regional School led the state in giving during Ky. Gives Day.

In online giving Tuesday, St. James raised $14,417 to lead the state and regional leaderboard. It also raised $16,332 in matching donations and other online gifts since April 1 to bring its total to $30,749.

“Ky. Gives Day is a great opportunity for nonprofit organizations to garner financial support throughout a 24-hour period and raise funds that will impact their organization,” said Jennifer Moran, director of mission advancement at St. James Catholic Regional School. “St. James Catholic School is always excited to be involved and we use the day to not only raise funds for an important initiative, but also garner school spirit among our families and the broader community.

Moran also expressed gratitude to its supporters and thanked Central Kentucky Community Foundation for its leadership in the Gives Day effort. The foundation sponsors the event locally.

Because of the CO­VID-19 pandemic, Ky. Gives Day opened online giving April 1 to allow Kentuckians to come together in their support of nonprofits during this time.

From April 1 through Ky. Gives Day on Tuesday, the community foundation’s region raised $137,570, including $69,257 in online gifts Tuesday to support 21 regional nonprofit organizations.

“We’re never surprised at how generous and caring our community is,” CKCF President and CEO Davette B. Swiney said. “Even in a time when our resources are being stretched and our help is needed more than ever, our community has once again stepped up to the plate for our nonprofit organizations. Thank you to everyone who supported these nonprofits and their important missions.”

As of midnight Tues­day, $652,352 was raised across Kentucky.

This year brought together 4,158 donors who made gifts to 223 nonprofits. In eight years, Ky. Gives Day, sponsored statewide by the Kentucky Nonprofit Network, has raised more than $2.7 million for Kentucky nonprofit organizations, according to the news release.

Participating nonprofit organizations are entered into regional and statewide prize pools, which awards additional dollars to organizations bringing in the most online donations and number of donors during the 24-hour period. Regional winners earned $700 in prizes from the community foundation.

n St. James earned first place with $14,417 raised online Tuesday earning them $200 from CKCF for Most Dollars Raised.

n The Lincoln Mu­seum in Hodgenville raised $10,450 online Tuesday earning $150 from CKCF for second place in Most Dollars Raised. It also won the CKCF Lunch Break Power Hour earning an extra $50.

n Friend for Life Cancer Support Network raised $9,150 online Tuesday for $100 from CKCF for third place in Most Dollars Raised. It also had the Most Unique Donors at 154 on Tuesday earning another $100 prize from CKCF. They also won the CKCF Afternoon Snack Break Power Hour earning them an extra $50 cash prize.

n Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland won the Morning Coffee Break Power Hour for a $100 prize.

The Lincoln Museum and Friend for Life Cancer Support Network were third and fifth respectively, in the state.

“We are grateful, humbled, honored and inspired by the generosity of friends near and far who have contributed to the museum’s mission,” Iris LaRue, director of the museum, said in the release. “We’re looking forward to reopening The Lincoln Museum as soon as possible and once again sharing our community’s heritage and spirit with our neighbors and our visitors.”

Regional nonprofit organizations earned $600 in state prize money from the Kentucky Nonprofit Network. State prize winners are Friend for Life Cancer Support Network, who won $250 for being the Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Champion and $250 for winning the Early Bird Power Hour for small nonprofits. Silverleaf Sexual Trauma Recovery Services also won $100 for Winning a Golden Ticket hour.

For information about Ky. Gives Day, go to kygives.org.

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