Thursday, December 6, 2012

What the $@%# is Georgia Gives Day and how can I help?

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 9:46 AM

For the first time, Georgia's hosting a 24-hour campaign to raise money for the state's many nonprofits.

The inaugural Georgia Gives Day, a project by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, allows people to search participating nonprofits and donate online or by phone. The campaign's inspired by similar one-day efforts in Washington, Colorado, and Minnesota, where, according to the Macon Telegraph, residents and businesses donated more than $16 million. As of this writing, nearly $490,000 has been raised for participating organizations.

"Nonprofits touch nearly every part of our lives," Karen Beavor, president and CEO of GCN, said in a statement. "We are very excited to give Georgians an opportunity to truly recognize the nonprofit organizations in their community and give where they live."

Have cash to donate but don't know what nonprofits deserve it? Here's a helpful guide that groups the organizations into different categories such as arts and culture, economic development, and international, foreign affairs, and national security. Want to help groups that are trying to save the environment? Yep. Maybe you're looking for organizations that help cats and dogs find homes? Here you go. Nonprofits that try to improve the lives of children? Here you are.

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