Local groups raise $120K in GoodGiving Challenge

Published 12:54 pm Tuesday, December 27, 2016

With less than a week left in the annual GoodGiving Challenge, Clark County nonprofits have raised more than $120,000 for local causes.

The sixth GoodGiving Challenge, a partnership between Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing, runs through 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

A dozen local nonprofits are participating in the challenge, which allows nonprofits to garner donations through an online giving campaign.

As of this morning, Clark County nonprofits had raised $120,662 collectively.

The Clark County Community Foundation will again provide a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $10,000 for each of the 12 Clark County nonprofit participants. So far, seven local groups have met their full $10,000 match.

Last year, Clark County Community Foundation provided more than $113,000 in match dollars. An additional $155,000 was raised by participating nonprofits for a total of $269,000.

The Blue Grass Community Foundation also announced last week a $100,000 anonymous donation to the annual online giving campaign. With the additional money, prizes will be given to the five nonprofits with the most donations. Prizes of $30,000, $25,000, $20,000, $15,000 and $10,000 respectively will be awarded based on the total dollars earned.

Several local nonprofits are also on the Top 10 leader boards for the challenge.

For small nonprofits, Clark County Homeless Coalition is second, New Beginnings is third, PIE is fourth, Bluegrass Heritage Museum is sixth and Leeds is seventh.

For large nonprofits, St. Agatha Academy is second, STRIDE is fifth and Rose Mary Brooks is eighth.

This year, more than 120 charities in central and eastern Kentucky are participating in the challenge, which raised $1.3 million for nonprofits last year.

To learn more about the challenge, research participating nonprofits or make a donation, visit bggives.org.

Clark County nonprofits totals (as of Tuesday morning):

— Bluegrass Heritage Museum: $8,795

— Clark County Community Services: $10,020

— Clark County Homeless Coalition: $12,432

— Holly Rood: $3,635

— Leeds Center for the Arts: $8,785

— Life for Pets: $2,940

— New Beginnings of Winchester: $12,070

— Partners in Education: $11,685

— Rose Mary C. Brooks Place: $11,620

— St. Agatha Academy: $22,800

— STRIDE: $14,200

— Winchester Youth Soccer League: $2,680

About Whitney Leggett

Whitney Leggett is managing editor of The Winchester Sun and Winchester Living magazine. To contact her, email whitney.leggett@winchestersun.com or call 859-759-0049.

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