On Thursday, 6,192 people made 9,415 donations totaling $578,735 in a one-day blitz to raise money for more than 400 Idaho charities and nonprofits. The effort was the states first-ever Idaho Gives campaign.
Top five large nonprofit recipients:
1. Idaho Foodbank, $13,605
2. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, $13,246
3. Idaho Humane Society, $13,123
4. Idaho Conservation League, $11,044
5. Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley, $8,280
Top five medium nonprofit recipients:
1. Blackfoot Performing Arts Center, $10,576
2. Boise Bicycle Project, $8,846
3. McPaws Inc., $8,305
4. Idaho Falls School District 91 Education Foundation, $8,075
5. Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation, $6,880
Top five small nonprofit recipients:
1. Wyakin Warrior Foundation, $5,215
2. Lewiston Library Foundation, $4,395
3. River Discovery, $3,985
4. Hailey Ice Park, $3,530
5. Girls on the Run-Idaho, $3,410
Borrowing from an idea in place in many other states, the Idaho Nonprofit Center teamed up with nonprofits across the state to encourage Idahoans to open up their wallets and give to a cause of their choice. The fundraising happened almost entirely online via the Idaho Gives website.
The online effort coincided with several statewide charity events that took place on Thursday, including a block party in Boise, a party in Pocatello sponsored by United Way and a dog walk at an animal shelter in Idaho Falls.