Yesterday, your generosity, kindness and support showed how the state can Come Together to strengthen our communities by donating on Georgia Gives Day. Nonprofit organizations motivated Georgia’s donors to open their hearts to the tune of $3.9 million, topping last year’s record-breaking amount.
Communities across our country are dealing with many issues that tend to divide us, but curing cancer, providing access to parks and public art, caring for the elderly, or ensuring kids have a meal—these are issues that we can all agree are important to support, regardless of our individual political affiliations, race, country of origin, or gender. This Georgia Gives Day, we once again came together to support the incredible work going on right in our own back yard—making our lives better, individually and collectively, every day.
Together, we’ve inspired more Georgians every year to make a tradition of recognizing, sharing, and giving to the nonprofits who make a difference in their lives and communities. Since launching our year-round giving platform at GAgivesday.org, we have raised more than $12 million from 73,000 donations to benefit 2,700 nonprofits across Georgia.
And the giving continues.Today, I am excited to announce that next year’s Georgia Gives Day will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Nonprofits are invited to register now.
Beyond funds raised, the Georgia Gives Day initiative continues to prove the power of massive collaboration among nonprofits, foundations, companies, governments, and individuals. GCN is proud to lead our state’s annual giving movement, and we want to express our deepest appreciation to the legion of committed partners who make it possible. We’d like to offer a heartfelt thank-you to each of the nonprofit organizations who took part, and to our generous corporate, foundation, civic, and media partners.
—The efforts of our corporate sponsors have been incredibly important, including gifts donated by SunTrust Foundation, Wells Fargo, AT&T Digital Life, Arby's Foundation, Cox Enterprises, The Coca-Cola Company, Fiserv/Popmoney, Macy's, Chick-fil-A Foundation, Georgia Natural Gas, State Bank & Trust Company, and Brooks, McGinnis & Company. Together, they have contributed over $350,000 in challenge and incentive prizes for Georgia's nonprofits on Georgia Gives Day.
—Our public relations team at Edelman Atlanta has donated thousands of hours over the past five years, creating a massive awareness groundswell in traditional and digital media, while earning commendations from the Public Relations Society of America and the International Association of Business Communicators.
—Also propelling the campaign to new levels of public support: Ames Scullin O’Haire’s work creating the Georgia Gives Day logo and ads for television, radio, billboards, and online, as well as the instrumental role played by Encyclomedia in producing and editing our PSAs. Our video partner The Content Mine showed what the power of video can do both in activating our nonprofits’ campaigns and in motivating people to give.
—Our media partners at Cox Media Group, WSB-TV Family 2 Family, WXIA-TV 11Alive, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Radio One, Univision, Atlanta Magazine, Cumulus Media (Macon), AutoTrader.com, Outfront Media, Corey Airport Services, Captivate, Comcast, and every member station of the Georgia Association of Broadcasters have all stepped up to air PSAs, conduct interviews, and include us in their online publications and social outlets. And a note of appreciation to the AJC’s Mike Luckovich for creating a special Georgia Gives Day cartoon. Special thanks to comic artist/writer Van Jensen and Criminal Records as well as The Vortex restaurants for their great contests and social media support.
--The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta helped make our nonprofit media, communications, marketing, and fundraising training available statewide.
—A special thanks to Governor Nathan Deal for his enthusiastic and influential endorsement each year. Governor Deal took time for photos, videos, and a formal proclamation thanking Georgians for supporting Georgia Gives Day and urging them to donate on November 17th.
—And a final appreciation goes to all of the too-many-to-list businesses and civic leaders who donated their influence, resources, and expertise for Georgia’s greater good.
Finally, on behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, I want to thank you for helping to make it our biggest day of giving yet.
President and CEO