First Arizona Gives Day Huge Success

The numbers are in and Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum are pleased to announce that the first-ever Arizona Gives Day, a 24-hour online initiative encouraging residents to recognize and financially support the efforts of various nonprofits, raised $928,541 for the more than 800 registered organizations statewide. In total, 8,584 unique donors took the time to make 11,074 total donations in support of this inaugural initiative.

“We are so proud of the support that was shown by members of our Arizona community on March 20,” says Patrick McWhortor, president and CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits. “Whether they had a favorite cause or not, Arizonans rose up and explored the many missions of our participating nonprofits and helped show our state’s unparalleled generosity to the world.”

Arizona Gives Day encouraged competitions throughout the course of the day that allowed nonprofits who reached certain milestones to receive additional funding. Those winning these incentive contests were gifted prizes from $1,000 to $20,000 in immediate additional funds.

“The Gives Day movement began in Minnesota four years ago as a way to increase individual giving and help nonprofits raise awareness about their causes,” says Marissa Theisen, president and CEO of the Arizona Grantmakers Forum. “Each year since, these initiatives have seen increased success and have helped countless organizations continue to provide the services and programs their communities need.”

Today, Gives Days are becoming increasingly more popular, leading many other states like Colorado, Georgia, Alabama and now Arizona to expand the “flash-mob type” movement into their own states.

Inspired by its own inaugural success, the 2014 Arizona Gives Day is already entering into the planning stage with a date to be announced soon.

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