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Fri December 30, 2011
Faith and Values

Putting a Wrap on Good Giving

An on-line charitable donation program set up for central Kentucky’s non-profits is in the home stretch.  An organizer of the “Good Giving Guide Challenge” says it’s exceeded expectations.  On line contributions through the Good Giving Guide Challenge have been coming in since late October.  Thus far, Bluegrass Community Foundation C-E-O Lisa Adkins says over 140-thousand dollars have been contributed.  Adkins says that far out distances the 100-thousand dollar goal set back in October.

“I think regardless of age, more and more charitable giving.. will be facilitated through on line credit card giving opportunities,” said Adkins.

The ‘Good Giving Guide Challenge’ benefits some 58 organizations.  Although the final stats aren’t in, Adkins says it appears the majority of contributors are over age 35.   Lisa Adkins says the contributions are from in and around Lexington.

“We’ve had 35 donors made from the community of Versailes..we then tie with 31 gifts each from Louisville and Nicholasville..but there’s been gifts received from Danville, Richmond, and Georgetown,” added Adkins.

The on-line fundraising program is a joint effort by the Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing.  Adkins says the non- profits are also competing for 22 thousand dollars in prize money.

“And I think what it has shown us..that even putting a thousand dollar grant prize out there..or a 500 dollar grant prize out there and offering that up…really fuels excitement and activity,” explained Adkins.

The Bluegrass Community Foundation executive says the number of participating agencies could expand in next year’s Good Giving Guide Challenge.  The on-line campaign ends midnight Saturday.