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Arkansas Gives offer extra money to charities

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Arkansas Community Foundation is challenging all Arkansans to make an online donation April 2 to help reach the goal of $1 million raised for nonprofits statewide. More than 350 nonprofits statewide are participating in ArkansasGives. Online gifts made via ArkansasGives.org from 8 AM to 8 PM on April 2nd will help nonprofit organizations earn bonus dollars from a $250,000 bonus pool provided by the Community Foundation.

Heather Larkin, President and CEO of Arkansas Community Foundation stated the following:

“It’s one day, one easy way to give. Your gift makes an impact for good through nonprofits in your community and the state.”

For example, at least 10 local and statewide hunger relief nonprofits are participating
in ArkansasGives. With a rating of 19.7 percent, Arkansas ranks fifth in America in the number of food insecure households without children. Households with children fare far worse, with 28.2 percent reporting they have difficulty affording food. In addition, Arkansas has a higher rate of seniors who are food insecure than any other state in the U.S.

Larken also added:

“To combat food insecurity in our state, you can make a donation April 2 to support one of the many hunger relief organizations participating in ArkansasGives or choose one of the other 350 nonprofits serving a cause important to you.”

On April 2nd, the public will be able to give online from smartphones, tablets or personal computers by going to ArkansasGives.org, choosing one or more nonprofits from those participating and making a donation. In addition to the value of their gift, ArkansasGives donors will help nonprofits receive a portion of the bonus dollars and help them vie for prizes in a variety of
categories.

First Security Bank is contributing a total of $40,000 in prize money for the nonprofits that raise the most dollars and receive gifts from the greatest number of individual donors. Prizes include the following:

  • Most Dollars Raised, Large Nonprofit Category
  • Most Donations, Large Nonprofit Category
  • Most Dollars Raised, Small Nonprofit Category
  • Most Donations, Small Nonprofit Category

Reynie Rutledge, chairman of First Security Bank, stated the following:

“We are excited to offer Arkansas nonprofits an additional reward for their efforts
to raise much needed funds. ArkansasGives provides Arkansans an opportunity to have a portion of their charitable donations matched. We challenge other individuals and businesses around the state to give on April 2nd.”

In addition, Jane Hunt Meade has provided $10,000 for prizes for the nonprofits that raise the most dollars in several categories of service, including health, education and human services.

Larkin stated the following:

“The more money supporters donate through ArkansasGives.org, the more bonus dollars and prizes the nonprofits receive. For example, if a nonprofit receives two percent of the total amount given online April 2, it will receive two percent of the $250,000 bonus pool or $5,000 extra, with a chance for one of the additional prizes.”

ArkansasGives partners and sponsors include Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance, First Security Bank, AT&T Arkansas, KTHV 11 in Little Rock, KFSM News 5 in Fort Smith, KAIT8 in Jonesboro, the Arkansas Press Association, AY Magazine, KUAR/KLRE Public Radio, and iHeartMedia radio stations statewide.

Arkansas Community Foundation offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as they learn more about community needs. By making grants and
sharing knowledge, the Community Foundation supports charitable programs that work for Arkansas and partners to create new initiatives that address the gaps.

Since 1976, the Community Foundation has provided more than $120 million in grants and partnered with thousands of Arkansans to help them improve our neighborhoods, our towns and our entire state. Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 27 affiliates are fully tax deductible.