by Ralph Routon
Another record-smashing Give! campaign has ended, with the late rush of online donations taking the total all the way to $515,371.97.
But that won't be the final amount going to 49 area nonprofits. Not even close.
Checks that were dated Dec. 31 and put in the mail before the deadline of 11:59 p.m. Saturday will continue to arrive for a few days, and they will count. We've heard anecdotal reports of several nonprofits putting many checks into the mail Saturday, so we'll be ready to include those.
Then, matching grants and pledges will come into play, and they're certain to add more than $180,000 to the total, which eventually could climb to the vicinity of $700,000. In other words, an increase of well more than 50 percent from 2010. Considering that the goal for this campaign was $555,555.55, that's an extraordinary reflection on the community as a whole.
Final numbers will be determined and announced by mid-January, and checks will be distributed at the Give! awards celebration on Jan. 31.
—————LAST POST, 1:48 P.M., SATURDAY—————
You did it! This amazingly generous community has just lifted the Indy's Give! campaign over the half-million threshold, as donations now stand at $502,469.97 as of 1:45 p.m. Saturday.
The campaign ends at 11:59 p.m. tonight, as we say farewell to 2011. So that's still 10 more hours for anyone to join in the thrill of helping local nonprofits that serve the Colorado Springs area in so many ways. Go to indygive.com to follow the campaign's progress on its stretch run ... and perhaps to add more to that total.
—————LAST POST, 6:35 A.M.—————
Finally, New Year's Eve has arrived, but Dec. 31 means more to those who care about many of the area's nonprofits serving the Colorado Springs area.
This is also the final day of the Independent's third annual Give! campaign, which means you have until 11:59 p.m. tonight to make your donations online at indygive.com or mail them with a Dec. 31 postmark.
Our total as of 6:35 a.m. Saturday has reached $490,702.97, which means donors came through with more than $26,000 just yesterday. Now we'll see if Give! can jump past $500,000 in the final hours.
The ultimate goal is $555,555.55, but we're guaranteed now to obliterate that total, which seemed so elusive back in early November when the 2011 campaign began. Now, with more than $150,000 in matching grants and pledges, this year's effort should end up exceeding $650,000.
To the many who already have been so generous, thank you. To those who still want to give, there are still lots of incentives for you, with plenty of rewards still available for gifts as little as $33. Go to indygive.com and check out the possibilities.
Oh, and Happy New Year!
—————ORIGINAL POST, 6:32 A.M. FRIDAY—————
For those who've waited until the end to join in making donations to the Indy's 2011 Give! campaign benefiting 49 local nonprofits, your time has come.
The two-month effort ends at 11:59 p.m. Saturday night, Dec. 31. But you literally have until that moment to make your gift via indygive.com as we push toward new records with 100 percent of donations going directly to the participating nonprofits.
As of 6:30 a.m. Friday, the Give! campaign stands $464,209.97, pushing toward the ultimate goal of $555,555.55. Actually, with more than $150,000 in matching funds and pledges, the total obviously will advance well beyond the goal and, if the procrastinators pull through, the final number might make it to $650,000.
The area's generosity is remarkable, given that last year's donations totaled $336,872.44 with a goal of $333,333, but after the matching grants were added, the final total surpassed $422,000.