Reminder: 'Idaho Gives' philanthropic event is Thursday

May 1, 2013 

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 idahogives@idahononprofits.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.

Check out Idaho Gives: dahogives.razoo.com/giving_events/id13/home.

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