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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