by Wilma Norton in Giving
Give Day Tampa Bay 2015 tops $1.7 million
See full coverage of Give Day Tampa Bay 2015, complete with videos and graphics, here.
In just 24 hours, the second annual Give Day Tampa Bay raised almost $1.73 million for local nonprofits. The online giving challenge, which took place from midnight to 11:59 p.m. on May 5, benefited 550 local nonprofits.
Last year, the Tampa Bay community raised $1,089,359 to support 385 nonprofits on Give Day Tampa Bay.
Big Cat Rescue was the top fundraiser, with $340,330 donated over the course of the day. Big Cat Rescue also won the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay 25th Anniversary prize as the large nonprofit with the largest total for Give Day Tampa Bay.
Other top fundraisers in the Large Organizations category were the Museum of Science and Industry, which raised more than $71,000, and St. Peter Claver Catholic School, which raised more than $44,000.
The Cypress Initiative was the top fundraiser among small nonprofit organizations, with $116,605 raised. Cypress won the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay 25th Anniversary prize as the small nonprofit with the largest total for Give Day Tampa Bay.
Other top fundraisers in the Small Organizations category were High Risk Hope, which raised more than $33,000, and Suncoast Animal League, which raised more than $31,000.
"We are so thrilled about the participation and support we received this year from our local nonprofits and the generous Tampa Bay community," said Marlene Spalten, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, which presented Give Day Tampa Bay in conjunction with the Florida Next Foundation. "These donations directly impact the strength of our local economy and community, and will make a difference for years to come."
For nonprofits, Give Day Tampa Bay provided new channels of exposure, as well as additional resources and technology for fundraising capabilities, which is especially helpful for smaller nonprofits that may not otherwise have access to these resources.
"Give Day Tampa Bay is about making it easy for anyone to donate to these deserving nonprofits that have such a tremendous impact on our community," said Ned Pope, president of Florida Next Foundation. "We encouraged making donations on smartphones and tablets so people – especially our younger demographic – could easily give, even if they were on the go."
A list of participating nonprofits, donations raised and prizes won is online at www.givedaytampabay.org.