Kentucky Gives Day is set for Tuesday, and several Central Kentucky nonprofit organizations will be looking for people to champion their causes and support their work.
Kentuckians near and far will participate in the 24-hour online giving event, where people can contribute to 22 nonprofit participants in the region. For the fifth year, the Central Kentucky Community Foundation locally will sponsor the effort.
“During this time, our nonprofit organizations have stepped up for those in need,” said Davette B. Swiney, president and CEO of Central Kentucky Community Foundation, in a news release. “Now it is time for us to support them through giving, if you are able, and by becoming a fundraising or social media champion for your favorite organizations.”
The release said the giving day is an online annual fundraising event hosted by the Kentucky Nonprofit Network, bringing nonprofits and Kentuckians together for a powerful day of action. The event begins at midnight Tuesday and continues until 11:59 p.m. Donors can go to kygives.org, connect with the Kentucky charities and causes they care about, and make contributions.
“Kentucky Nonprofit Network creates a great opportunity with Ky. Gives Day, and given the current situation, this day of online giving comes at a time when our local nonprofits need the extra support,” Swiney said in the release.
The participating nonprofit organizations also will celebrate the day with a parade starting at noon Tuesday.
“With cooperation from the city of Elizabethtown, we’re hosting a Ky. Gives Day parade to celebrate all the great work our regional nonprofits do for the community,” Swiney said. “Our participating nonprofits will drive the parade route in decorated vehicles. We encourage those in the area at the time of the parade to show your support by honking your vehicle’s horn, cheering from a safe distance and posting photos and videos of the parade to social media with #KyGives20.”
According to the release, the parade route with leave Central Kentucky Community Foundation’s Home of Philanthropy off St. John Road at noon and travel on St. John Road to Dixie Avenue. From there it will travel south around Public Square and back north to Mulberry Street. They will then travel west on Mulberry to the Elizabethtown Police Headquarters where they will turn right on College Street.
Those that choose to watch the parade are encouraged to do so by parking their car in public parking areas along the route and staying in their vehicles to view it.
This year, 22 regional nonprofit organizations registered to participate in Kentucky Gives Day. The organizations serve CKCF’s nine-county region of Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, Hart, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington counties. Each organization is conducting their own online campaigns. Some secure matching gifts that will double the impact of donations.
Last year’s Kentucky Gives Day raised more than $155,652 for nonprofit organizations in the region. Of that total, $92,637 was raised online through kygives.org, the online giving site. Those gifts came from 617 donors in 646 gifts to 22 organizations. Some organizations also secured offline gifts in the form of match donations totaling $63,015.
According to the news release, Kentucky Nonprofit Network will award prizes throughout the day as an additional incentive for donors to keep giving. CKCF also will award Most Dollars Raised first, second and third place prizes, a prize for Most Unique Donors, and three Power Hour prizes for most dollars raised from 8 to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 p.m. to its regional participating organizations.
All gifts made through kygives.org on Kentucky Gives Day are tax deductible and are made through a secure online giving platform.
“We hope the community rallies together on May 12 for our nonprofit organizations to make this an amazing day,” Swiney said. “Every gift, no matter the size, matters and adds up to make a significant impact for our region. You can also help these organizations by following them on social media and help spread the word about Ky. Gives Day.”
For information, go to ckcf4people.org or follow Central Kentucky Community Foundation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.