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12th Annual GoodGiving Challenge a Success

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The 12th Annual GoodGiving was a monumental success, raising $2,520,788 over the course of four days and benefitting 200 charities.

The GoodGiving Challenge, hosted by Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing, is a week-long online giving campaign which ran this year from 9 a.m. on Giving Tuesday, November 29, to 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 2. Since its inception in 2011, the GoodGiving Challenge has now raised nearly $20 million for nonprofits in the Bluegrass.

“The success of this year’s GoodGiving Challenge is a testament to the unwavering commitment of our central Kentucky nonprofits to their missions and stakeholders,” said Lauren Parsons, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Communications for Blue Grass Community Foundation. “Plans are already underway for an even more impactful Challenge in 2023.”

More than $600,000 in matching gifts and prizes were made possible this year by:

  • Clark County Community Foundation*
  • Murry Foundation
  • Marksbury Family Foundation
  • MacAdam Family Foundation*
  • Thomson R. Bryant Jr. & Betty R. Bryant Fund*
  • Mitchell Family Foundation*
  • Hudson-Ellis Fund*
  • Traditional Bank
  • Edith D. Gardner Charitable Fund*
  • Evangelos “Angel” Levas Foundation*
  • and Blue Grass Community Foundation!

*at Blue Grass Community Foundation

This year’s top fundraising charity was Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, raising $54,483 before matches and prizes.

“We couldn’t have done it without the commitment of our Board, staff, alumni, and current students/families,” said Amelia Groetsch, Executive Director of Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras. “Everyone played their part to spread the word about the Challenge and share their stories about the impact of our organization, which has been active in Central Kentucky for the past 75 years. The money we raised will provide funding to help grow our Friends in Music and MusicWorks programs, which are provided at no cost to students and their families.”

Save the Date for the 13th Annual GoodGiving Challenge: November 28 – December 1, 2023

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