Residents asked to support local non-profits April 7

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

More than 560 nonprofits throughout Arkansas, including 18 locally-led Carroll County nonprofits, are participating in ArkansasGives Day on April 7, a 12-hour online giving event from Arkansas Community Foundation.

Last year ArkansasGives Day raised $2 million online in one day for more than 350 nonprofits statewide. This year's goal is $4 million. Here's how you can participate:

1. Go to ArkansasGives.org to check which of your favorite nonprofits are participating. You can search by name or location.

2. Make a list of the nonprofits you want to support -- you can choose from human service, animal welfare, arts, education and more.

3. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 7, use your mobile phone, tablet or computer to make an online gift at ArkansasGives.org.

4. Fill out the online form to donate $25 or more using your credit card.

5. If you'd like to make a gift to several nonprofits, you can do so in one transaction.

6. Receive an email gift acknowledgement for your tax records.

Online gifts made through ArkansasGives.org from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 7 will help nonprofit participants earn bonus dollars from a $400,000 bonus pool provided by the Community Foundation.

The more money supporters donate through ArkansasGives.org, the more bonus dollars and prizes the nonprofits receive. For example, if a nonprofit receives 2 percent of the total amount given online April 7, it will receive 2 percent of the $400,000 bonus pool or $8,000 extra, with a chance for one of the additional prizes.

First Security Bank is contributing a total of $60,000 in prize money for the nonprofits in small, medium and large categories that raise the most dollars and receive the greatest number of individual donors. Totals will be tallied in real time, online, so everyone can watch the excitement as the donations roll in on April 7.

Locally-led Carroll County nonprofits participating in this year's ArkansasGives Day include: Berryville Restoration Project, Bible Reading Ministry International, Christview Ministries, Clear Spring School, Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation, Eureka Springs School of the Arts, Flint Street Fellowship, Loaves & Fishes Food Bank of the Ozarks, Mid-America Mission Inc. Woodland Bible Camp, Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point, Soul Purpose Ministries: The Jeremiah House, the Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation, The Cradle, The Learning Center of North Arkansas, The Rainbow Covenant, The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, and Village Writing School. Other local nonprofits headquartered in Boone and Madison County include: Ozark Natural Science Center, An American Speaks, and Paw and Claws Pet Center to name a few.

Two ArkansasGives partners who help make the event possible are the Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance and AT&T, which hosts the headquarters for the April 7 event. ArkansasGives is one day, one easy way to make your charitable dollars stretch farther and shower your favorite nonprofits with support. Good things are happening in Arkansas, and you can help the good grow!

Arkansas Community Foundation offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as they learn more about community needs. By making grants and sharing knowledge, the Community Foundation supports charitable programs that work for Arkansas and partners to create new initiatives that address the gaps.

Since 1976, the Community Foundation has provided more than $140 million in grants and partnered with thousands of Arkansans to help them improve our neighborhoods, our towns and our entire state. Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 27 affiliates are fully tax deductible.

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