Nearly 700 separate donations were made to 62 organizations on North Platte Giving Day Wednesday, generating $187,600 for charitable works in the community.Those are considerably higher numbers than last year.
In 2016, some 400 donors and sponsors gave $103,000, benefitting more than 50 non-profit causes.
North Platte Giving Day is hosted by Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation, headquartered in North Platte, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
The community foundation has served charitable people and worthy causes in the area since 1978.
North Platte Giving Day makes it easy for charitable people to help their favorite local community causes, organizer Eric Seacrest said.
Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation also administers more than 270 charitable and scholarship funds. Each fund has its own charitable purpose and specifications, typically established by original donors, Seacrest said.
Each year, well over $1 million is paid from these funds for scholarships and grants to worthy causes.
Gifts were encouraged by sponsors who gave a total of nearly $7,500 in prize money to organizations that had the most individual donations, the earliest donors as well as random gifts to donors.
The Prairie Arts Center had by far the most donations, which will be a boost to renovations of the historic downtown building.
Other notable beneficiaries were the Boy Scouts, the historical museum, the playhouse and Fur the Love of Paws rescue.
The day’s totals:
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