When all donations and matching pledges were counted Friday, the gifts on Giving Day reached $271,378.

The initial total at the end of the day Wednesday was $235,996, about $18,000 more than last year. The additions Friday put the amount even higher — the highest in the four-year history of Giving Day.

“The 1,106 donations this year speaks loudly about the generosity of people here as well as the level of support for local non-profit causes,” said Eric Seacrest, Executive Director of the Community Foundation.

Seacrest said there were 41 cash prizes of between $200 and $1,000 that sponsors pledged to non-profits based on donations Wednesday

Seacrest said matching funds as well as sponsored cash prizes encourage donors to support favorite community causes.

Sixty-eight non-profit organizations benefited, he said.

For the second year in a row, the Prairie Arts Center received the most donations by far. The total this year was $71,980, half of which came from matching funds by an anonymous donor.

The Great Plains Health Care Foundation and North Platte Catholic Schools each received from $20,000-30,000 in donations this year.

The arts center is striving to complete work on the third floor – the final step in totally refurbishing the historical 1913 federal building downtown at the corner of Fifth and Jeffers.

One-hundred percent of each donation goes to the local nonprofits, Seacrest said.

Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation organizes the 24-hour giving event.

Founded in 1978 by local community leaders, MNCF serves charitable people and worthy causes as a public charitable organization to benefit the people of the North Platte area, primarily Lincoln County and the eight adjoining counties in Nebraska.

 

The top 20 recipients:

Prairie Arts Center — $77,210

GPH Care Foundation — $29,834

North Platte Catholic Schools Endowment — $27,515

Boy Scouts Overland Trails Council — $11,260

Community Connections — $8,147

KJLT/KJTF Radio — $7,895

Lincoln County Historical Museum — $7,765

NP Community College Foundation – $7,010

Fur the Love of Paws – $6,613

Rape and Domestic Abuse Program — $6.231

NP Community Playhouse — $6,210

NP Parks and Recreation foundation — $6,060

The Connection homeless shelter — $5,175

Gift of Hope Cancer Foundation — $3,990

North Platte Library Foundation — $3,435

RSVP — $3,160

Salvation Army — $3,095

Habitat for Humanity — $3,080

Sutherland School Foundation — $2,985

Legal Aid — $2,790

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