Wednesday statewide day to donate to nonprofits

by Sarah Fay Campbell

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Wednesday is Georgia Gives Day, a statewide day to support nonprofits.

The goal of the day, the second annual, is to raise as much money as possible for Georgia organizations in 24 hours. Everyone is encouraged to go to the Georgia Gives Day website, gagivesday.org, and 'click if you care.'

You can donate to nearly 1,700 organizations on the website, including several based in Coweta County, and many others that provide services throughout the state. You can search by name and location, or you can browse organizations in certain categories, such as animal causes, social justice causes, causes helping veterans or senior citizens, environmental causes, and the like. You can also learn more about the organizations. Many of the participating groups have information on their profile pages on GAGivesDay.org, though not all do.

Local organizations participating are: HFL Resource Center, CAREing Paws, Shenandoah Georgia Youth Science Technology Center, Party with a Purpose, Inc., Special Olympics Georgia, Inc., BTG Community Outreach, Newnan-Coweta Angel's House, CLICK - Certified Literate is Coweta's Key, through the Coweta Community Foundation, Southeastern Greyhound Club, and The Community Welcome House.

Hopes are that Wednesday, Nov. 13 will be the largest day of charitable giving in Georgia history.

But there's more to Georgia Gives Day than just donating money online. Individuals can also take the time to volunteer at their local nonprofit or find out more about the organizations, so they can get involved.

'It's something to kind of give back to the community and to give to the nonprofits that always give back to our community,' said Rebecca Yi of the Edelman public relations firm.

Georgia Gives Day is a collaboration of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, in partnership with participating nonprofits, state agencies, corporations and businesses, associations, foundations and public relations and advertising firms.

Gov. Nathan Deal lent his support to to the day with a recent proclamation. 'Nonprofits touch our lives and make our communities stronger,' said Deal in a recent interview with Atlanta's WSBTV. 'Georgia is a state filled with generous people, and I'm asking all citizens to play a part in what we hope will be the biggest day of generosity in the history of our state.

The first Georgia Gives Day raised more than $900,000 from more than 7,700 individual donors. The goal for this year's Georgia Gives Day is to draw more than 10,000 individual donations.

'Whether you realize it or not, you really live the arc of your life in nonprofits,' said Karen Beavor, president and CEO of Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

'Georgia Gives Day is an opportunity to think about the importance of nonprofits throughout our lives and consider giving back.'

(Staff Writer Celia Shortt contributed to this story.)



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