The annual Idaho Gives, a day of online giving, lets donors support a range of causes and organizations across the state.
Beginning at midnight May 7, the donation website is open for 24 hours – until 11:59 p.m. Follow the progress and get updates through the day at IdahoStatesman.com.
The minimum giving level is $10, pledged via credit or debit card. Donors can search online for their favorite causes by organization, keywords or location. Categories include health and human services, arts and culture, children and families, parks and more.
One hundred percent of donations are tax-deductible for donors. Organizations receive 92 percent of donations. The remainder goes for the technology platform, bank fees and promotions. Donors can pay more to cover fees if they wish.
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This year, more than 675 organizations are participating in Idaho Gives. In addition to donations from the public, participating nonprofits will compete for a share of the Idaho Nonprofit Center’s $55,000 awards pool. The Center will give cash awards to the top 10 nonprofits (in three size categories) based on the numbers of donors. The Idaho Gives website is updated all day so donors can see how their favorites are faring.
Last year, Idaho Gives raised more than $750,000 from more than 7,500 donors.
Here is a brief sampling of Idaho Gives happenings near you. Note: This list is not complete. Check with your favorite organization to see if they’re doing anything special.
• Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Dr., waived regular admission fees all day, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Idaho Gives donation station on-site, free “Art Answers” and hands-on studio art exploration from 4 to 7 p.m.
• Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, free admission all day, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Food trucks, chances to give on-site and meet staff and the Garden Fairy. Ribbon-cutting ceremony for new entrance at 10 a.m., with the Boise chamber.
• ACLU of Idaho hosts an event from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at A Cupcake Paradise 813 W. Bannock St. Plans include a photo booth with Lady Liberty costume, frame and prize wheel for ACLU swag. Donation of $25 gets you a cupcake and a raffle ticket for a six-pack of cupcakes. Proof of $15 donation gets you a raffle ticket for a six-pack of cupcakes.
• Good Samaritan Home, 3501 W. State St., 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., snacks, drinks, home tours, prizes and donation stations.
• BYRDS (Boise Young Rider Development Squad): 6 to 7 a.m. at Pacific Source, 408 E. ParkCenter Blvd. Team members will do an early morning spin on rollers. From 4 to 8 p.m., the full team will be at Fort Boise/Reserve Park to end the day with a ride, open to the public. Bring your bike, helmet and water. Food and drinks will be available.
• Girl Scouts of Silver Sage: Boise Foothills clean up from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Girl Scouts Friendship Square, 610 Reserve St. Celebration BBQ from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
• St. Paul Family Life Education Center: 1440 W. Bannock St. Open house from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. showcasing the new computer lab. Tours, snacks included.
• Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence Chalk Art Challenge: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on 8th Street between Idaho and Bannock. Come watch young artists and activists illustrate poems on the theme of gender equity. Live music and prizes.
• The Idaho Nonprofit Center will have two “host locations” where nonprofits will offer brief presentations and performances throughout the day. Stop by 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Grind Modern Burger, 705 W. Fulton St. in Boise and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tiger Props, 850 W. Main St. Find a full list of participants at both locations on theIdaho Nonprofit Center website
• The Community Builder, Hope for the Homeless: Accepting donations, including bus passes, backpacks, new socks, sleeping bags, and more. Find a full listonline
. Donate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 120 16th Ave N.