by Wilma Norton in Giving
Give Day Tampa Bay raises more than $1.6 million for Tampa Bay nonprofits, despite technical difficulties
Give Day Tampa Bay, a 24-hour online giving challenge, raised more than $1.6 million for 595 local Tampa Bay area nonprofits on Tuesday, even though its online
giving platform experienced technical difficulties for most of the day.
The technical difficulties occurred in 55 U.S. cities, as a high volume of donations began to come in for Give Day events. Because of the issues, Give Day events in a number of other cities were either cut short or altered. But the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, which runs Give Day Tampa Bay, quickly came up with an alternate online donation website for Tampa Bay donors on Tuesday afternoon.
Online giving restarted at 5 p.m. and continued until Give Day ended at midnight. At the end of the day, the total collected for Give Day was more than $1.6 million for the 24-hour period. Last year’s total was close to $1.75 million.
“We are very impressed with how the Tampa Bay community and the participating nonprofits came through to make Give Day a success, even as we worked through technical issues,” said Marlene Spalten, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.
In addition to the funds raised, Give Day Tampa Bay helped participating nonprofits get extensive exposure in the past month, including a number of stories in local newspapers and on TV and radio outlets. Also, WEDU carried a Give Day webcast live from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on its website, giving over 100 nonprofits the opportunity to tell their story to potential donors.
The Community Foundation will be announcing a final donation total in the next few days, along with details on how the participating nonprofits did individually.