With 2 weeks left, $100K raised in GoodGiving

Halfway through the GoodGiving Guide Challenge, Clark nonprofits have raised more than $100,000.

Through the annual online giving campaign, 18 local nonprofits and 120 from central Kentucky have from Nov. 28 through 11:59 p.m. Dec. 31 to garner donations. Now in its seventh year, the challenge is a partnership between Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing.

Donations are accepted online at bggives.org, where nonprofit profiles are available and donations are tracked throughout the challenge.

Donation totals at press time Monday were:

— Partners in Education: $13,869

— STRIDE: $13,442

— St. Agatha Academy: $12,722

— Clark County Homeless Coalition: $10,763

— New Beginnings of Winchester: $10,303

— Clark County Community Services: $9,395

— Habitat for Humanity of Madison and Clark County: $8,167

— Bluegrass Heritage Museum: $6,893

— Leeds Center for the Arts: $6,722

— Rose Mary C. Brooks Place: $5,737

— Bluegrass Community and Technical College: $4,304

— Holly Rood: $2,768

— LIFE For Pets: $2,576

— Friends of Hemp: $2,281

— Hospice East: $2,261

— Winchester-Clark County Farmers’ Market: $1,374

— Rowland Arts Center: $1,307

— Winchester Youth Soccer League: $548

As of Monday at 6 p.m., Clark County nonprofits had raised $115,432 collectively, landing two local nonprofits on the Top 10 challenge-wide leaderboard — Partners in Education at ninth and STRIDE at 10th.

Also on the leaderboards were St. Agatha Academy at 12th, Clark County Homeless Coalition at 14th, New Beginnings at 17th and Clark County Community Services at 18th.

Overall, the 120 participating organizations have raised more than $530,000.

Last year, Clark County nonprofits raised more than $215,000 collectively through the challenge, approximately $60,000 more than was raised in 2015. A dozen local organizations participated in the 2016 challenge.

This year, the Clark County Community Foundation will once again provide a dollar-for-dollar match up to $10,000 for each participating non-profit. So far, St. Agatha Academy, Partners in Education, Clark County Homeless Coalition, New Beginnings and STRIDE have locked in the full matching grant.

In addition to receiving contributions from donors, nonprofits will also have the opportunity to compete for $5,000 endowment prizes made possible by BGCF and other donors. These prizes are earned through periodic challenges.

To learn about area nonprofits or donate, visit bggives.org.

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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