Louisville, Ky. – Give Local Louisville, a 24-hour fundraising campaign on behalf of 363 area charities, raised nearly $3 million in donations when the effort ended midnight Friday.
The total amount raised was $2,971,457.21, which came from 8,785 donations. The organization Hand in Hand Ministries lead the campaign, with 224 gifts totaling $57,531. Kentucky Humane Society and Louisville Public Media were second and third in total gifts. Louisville Ballet was the leading dollar-getter, with $130,700 in donations.
The campaign was handled through the Community Foundation of Louisville. Last year Give Local Louisville raised $1.89 million on behalf of 166 nonprofits.
For “Give Day,” every dollar that was given to local nonprofits was augmented through proportionate match and prize dollars contributed by the Community Foundation of Louisville, its supporting partners LG&E and KU Energy, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kentucky, Delta Dental of Kentucky, Sam Swope Auto Group, the Martin F. Schmidt and Kate Schmidt Moninger Fund, William O. Alden, Jr., and other anonymous donors.
Give Local Louisville was moved from its regular time in spring to the fall this year so as to not compete with Kentucky Derby festivities and other seasonal events.