Last edited 8:36 a.m., Dec. 5, 2019
Several local nonprofits are participating in the national annual fundraising holiday Giving Tuesday.
The day of giving began in 2012 as a response to Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, according to GivingTuesday.org. In 2018, nearly $400 million was raised on the holiday, which is held every Tuesday after Thanksgiving.
Ozarks Food Harvest Inc. is one nonprofit raising funds this year. The nonprofit’s goal is to raise $15,000 through Facebook and online donations, said Jordan Browning, advocacy coordinator. Feeding Missouri, a coalition of the six Missouri food banks, will match up to $5,000, Browning said.
The funds will go toward the nonprofit’s general operation fund, which Browning said will generate 60,000 meals for those in need across the nonprofit’s 28-county service area.
The Springfield Little Theatre had raised half of its $5,000 goal by 9 a.m., said Marketing Director Megan Buchbinder. The money will be used to purchase equipment, including microphones, backstage headsets, instrument microphones and LED lights, according to the Facebook fundraiser. The theater exceeded its $5,000 goal last year, Buchbinder said.
“It’s pretty incredible,” Buchbinder said. “Every Giving Tuesday, when we have an opportunity to see and hear from the community, it's very humbling to see how quickly people want to support their community theater.”
Other local fundraising efforts and Facebook fundraising amounts, as of 10:30 a.m., include:
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks Inc., $930 of $5,000;
• Care to Learn, $225 of $5,000;
• Drew Lewis Foundation Inc., $1,725 of $5,000;
• Lost and Found Grief Center, $230 of $1,500;
• IPourLife Inc, $410 of $7,500;
• Rescue One, $4,640 of $25,000;
• Springfield Contemporary Theatre Inc., $220 of $5,000;
• The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of the Ozarks; and
• Victory Mission, $1,235 of $10,000.
Facebook is matching up to $7 million in fundraising donations, according to its website.
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