More than 340 Idaho nonprofits have signed up to participate in this first-ever, one-day, online giving event.
Here's how it works: For a full 24 hours on May 2, donors big and small can donate to the causes they care about the most on the Idaho Gives website.
The program, sponsored by St. Luke's Idaho Health System and the Idaho Central Credit Union, will match a portion of every dollar donated.
In addition, the top five organizations with the most unique donors (nonprofits are grouped with organizations of similar size) will receive bonus grants of $3,000, $1,000, $500, $250, and $250 respectively.
No matter your cause or interest, there's likely to be an Idaho group you'd like to support.
Animal causes range from the Birds of Prey Northwest Raptor Chapter to the Rat Retreat, a sanctuary for unwanted pet rats. The humanitarian aid category includes organizations like the Wildland Firefighter Foundation and Meals on Wheels.
Truly, there is something for everyone.
Why this, why now?
Organizers cite studies that say Idahoans are generous with their time and money, giving the third highest number of volunteer hours and the seventh highest percentage of income in the country.
But demographics are changing and it's becoming more and more important for nonprofits to reach a younger group of donors.
Idaho Gives is promoting the May 2 blitz via social media and encouraging participating organizations and donors to do so as well.
If you have any questions about the event, call 424-2229 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're interested in giving or checking out the Idaho Gives website, find a link through this column at idahostatesman.com.
If you're out and about First Thursday, May 2, stop by the city's Sesqui-Shop at 1008 Main St. The Idaho Nonprofit Center staff will be there to kick off the big day of giving.
And note, different organizations, clubs and nonprofits will host day-long "pop up shops" at the Sesqui-Shop throughout the month of May.
Pick up a list of participants at the shop on First Thursday.
'THE WORLD OF ANNE FRANK: A COMMUNITY READING FOR REMEMBRANCE'
As part of Idaho Gives day, the Women's and Children's Alliance and the Idaho Human Rights Education Center present this special event to promote the work of nonprofit organizations throughout the state.
The reading, which will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, is at 7 p.m., May 2 at the Morrison Center for Performing Arts.
It will include readings from Anne Frank's diary and the play based on her diary called "And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank."
The readings will be directed by Renee K. Vomocil, Director of Education at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and will be presented by students from the Festival's Apprentice Company. Ticket prices range from $10 to $50 and can be purchased through the Morrison Center's website: idahotickets.com.
AND MORE IDAHO GIVES FUN ...
The Boise Bicycle Project's Bike Builder's Gallery returns to the Linen Building in Downtown Boise on May 2.
The call is out for all bike builders, customizers, retro fitters and restorers to enter their bike for the chance to win big prizes. Entry fee is $5. Public voting opens at 6 p.m.
Boise Bicycle Project will be raising money for their Beards for Bikes Building Campaign in which $7,000 is needed to complete their upcoming remodel.
ZOO BOISE HOSTS WILDLIFE CONSERVATION EXPO
Zoo Boise visitors have generated $1 million through their zoo admissions to support wildlife conservation projects in Idaho and around the world.
To celebrate this milestone, Zoo Boise is hosting the first ever Wildlife Conservation Expo, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 4 at the Boise State University Student Union Building.
Representatives from different wildlife projects supported by the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund.
Attendees will be able to hear a variety of wildlife talks, ask questions and get more information about the various groups' work. The talks are suitable for children age 8 and older.
Participating organizations include The Peregrine Fund, the Snow Leopard Trust, the Turtle Survival Alliance, the Wildlife Conservation Society that's working with Siberian tigers, Wildlife SOS India/USA which is working with sloth bears and several others.
DOCUMENTARY BY BOISE FILMMAKERS TO SCREEN AT THE FLICKS
Mother and daughter directors, Lori Joyce and Candice Orlando, former Boise filmmakers, made the documentary "Arise." It tells the stories of 14 women who are working to heal the environment across the world. Subjects include Wangari Maathai, Winona LaDuke, Majora Carter and others. The film screens at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 1 at The Flicks, 646 Fulton St. $15. Ten percent of proceeds to Amazon Watch. A Q&A will follow. The film is not rated, suitable for all but small children.
GRANT WILL HELP 'CREATE COMMON GOOD' EXPAND
Create Common Good, a Boise nonprofit, provides job training and employment opportunities for refugees and others in need. CCG participants grow produce at two local farms, then process it into a range of products at the Cathedral of the Rockies kitchen.
The organization has gotten a lot of good news of late. It has been named the FUNDSY 2014 award recipient, and that's not all.
A $50,000 grant from The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health Inc. will help the organization expand into a new, larger kitchen facility near Federal Way.
Create Common Good currently trains a third of the adult refugees who arrive in Idaho. Since early 2009, CCG's job-training efforts have helped 1,500 refugees.
CCG has also created an alternative education system tailored to men and women who have not attended traditional schools and are often dealing with past trauma.
To donate toward the new facility, visit www.createcommongood.org or mail a check to Create Common Good at 1161 W. River St., Ste. 250, Boise, ID 83702.
TEACHIDAHO PROGRAM FOR TEACHERS
TeachIdaho, a nonprofit organization for teachers, hosts a seminar, "Schools of the Future," 4:30 to 6 p.m., May 2 at Louie's Pizza, 2500 E. Fairview.
Ryan Gravett from the Idaho Digital Learning Academy and Chris Haskell from GoGoLabs will talk about how technology will play an important part in future schools.
Krista Oberlindacher Lloyd will talk about the International Baccalaureate program and how it is shaping students. RSVP at email@example.com.
Anna Webb: 377-6431