Update: Omaha Gives Double 2013 Donations

By: Katie Stukey Email
By: Katie Stukey Email
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As of Thursday morning, Omaha Gives raised more than $6.3 million for non-profit organizations in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties in 2014.

A total of $6.370,437 was donated by 34,275 donors.

Nearly 600 nonprofit organizations took part in the 24 hour fundraising drive. $852,000 in matching funds and incentives will be shared between the 569 nonprofits.

Bev Carlson, with Lutheran Family Services, told WOWT 6 News the day is also about bringing awareness to the community.

"One day of the year that people are really paying attention and they want to know, 'Well, what do you do? Where does the money go? Who is it helping?' It's sort of an opportunity to share our story and that our favorite thing to do is be able to talk about how the work that's being done everyday is making a difference in the lives of people who live right here in Omaha."

In 2013, the Omaha Gives campaign raised $3 million with the help of 11,000 donors. The president of the Omaha Community Foundation says she's thrilled with the results.

"We know how generous people are here in the Omaha area, but these numbers are truly stunning," said foundation president and CEO Sara Boyd. "The impact this one day will make on these nonprofits will last for the entire year. The thousands of people who donated today should be incredibly proud of themselves and our community.”

Click on the link to learn more about the participating nonprofits.

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