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GoodGiving in the time of COVID: The $10 impact

2020 has been a year that no one will forget.

From a global pandemic to a presidential election, flexibility and patience have been two virtues pressed upon us in force. But no one has coped with these daily changes and challenges quite like our nonprofit organizations.

So, if you have $10 or more to spare this giving season, I ask you to consider donating to a Clark County nonprofit organization during the GoodGiving Challenge.

In a time where the need for direct services has drastically increased, donations and availability of volunteers has drastically decreased. Nonprofit staff and boards are walking a tightrope, balancing the health and safety of staff, volunteers and clients with meeting financial demands.

Many nonprofits have been forced to cancel fundraising events or alter their core offerings, particularly for those centered on public gatherings.

The coffers are running thin for many organizations and many families.

For those who have even $10 to give, the online GoodGiving Challenge provides a physically distanced platform to create a broad financial impact.

Now in its tenth year, the GoodGiving Challenge will host 126 nonprofits, including 25 Clark County organizations, for a week-long fundraising campaign. Donors can give to one or many participating nonprofits in amounts as little as $10, with daily matches and prizes in place to boost the value of a gift.

More than $600,000 in matching dollars and prizes are available this year, including $250,000 in matching funds for the 25 Clark County nonprofits provided by the Clark County Community Foundation. Your $10 gift could become $20, or more.

Whether you’re passionate about education, the arts, animal welfare, parks, human services or more, you can find at least one organization that could benefit from your support.

Our nonprofits hold our community together. They feed our hungry and house our homeless. They educate our youth and provide access to safe and beautiful green spaces. They provide us with entertainment and serve as a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. They need our help.

Giving begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7.

To find out more about the participating nonprofits or to donate, visit BGGives.org.

Halee C. Cunningham serves as general counsel and director of planned giving for Blue Grass Community Foundation and provides oversight to the Clark County Community Foundation.