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North Platte Giving Day set for May 2

April 8, 2018 GMT

More local nonprofits than ever will participate in North Platte Giving Day this year on May 2, and more matching funds and sponsored cash prizes will be available to them.

The Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation will host the third North Platte Giving Day.

“During this 24-hour community giving event, you can choose your favorite causes and how much to give,” said Eric Seacrest, the foundation’s executive director.

Donations can be made online May 2 at NorthPlatteGivingDay.org, or checks can be dropped off at a local donation site, he said.

“It’s easy and it’s the best time to help the nonprofits that provide valued services in North Platte and Lincoln County,” he said.

“Just by donating, donors can help their favorite nonprofits win cash prizes provided by sponsors,” Seacrest said. About 50 sponsored cash prizes, each $250 or more, will be given to nonprofits during various time periods based on random selection or greatest number of unduplicated donors.

Several participating nonprofits have received matching-fund pledges from donors, with a total of more than $100,000 available to be earned on Giving Day.

Sixty-six local nonprofit organizations will participate in this year’s Giving Day, according to a press release from the foundation. An online real-time leaderboard on May 2 will provide updates throughout the day on donation totals for the nonprofits as well as prizes won.

Each nonprofit cause is a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has a location and provides services in North Platte or Lincoln County.

“North Platte Giving Day fits the mission of the Community Foundation to serve charitable people and worthy causes in this area,” said Kimberly Steger, foundation president. “Our Board of Directors wants the community to know about the important work of nonprofits in this area and their need for financial support.”

Participating nonprofits will receive 100 percent of each tax-deductible donation. The Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation and an anonymous donor will cover transaction and credit card fees, Seacrest said.

Donors can give online beginning April 16 with early online donations charged on May 2.

People can donate checks in advance at Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation, 121 N. Dewey St., Suite 112. On Giving Day, people can drop off checks at the Community Foundation, U-Save Pharmacy, Prairie Arts Center, North Platte Senior Center and Catholic Schools Endowment Trust.

Last year about 60 local nonprofits received over $200,000 from donations, sponsored cash prizes and matching funds during North Platte Giving Day.