7:47 p.m. PST November 30, 2016
Tuesday was Giving Tuesday, the post-Thanksgiving day to give to nonprofits and organization in the community.
And give people did.
Nationally, there was a 20 percent increase in online giving on Tuesday compared to 2015, according to software company Blackbaud Inc. These online donations totaled more than $47.7 million and affected more than 6,700 organizations.
Locally, donors made a sizable splash as well.
People across Oregon participated in #OregoniansGive — the local version of #GivingTuesday.
The result? More than $526,980 was raised by 1,748 donors for 187 Nonprofits.
Many local profits benefited from the day, though some did more than others.
Marion Polk Food Share
This year to celebrate #GivingTuesday, the food share launched a 24-hour campaign to raise funds for home-bound seniors.
For $35, a home-bound senior can have a nutritious meal delivered to their door by a friendly volunteer through the Meals on Wheels program.
Rick Gaupo, president of the food share, said the effort received about $5,000 from 23 donors. That money will provide 815 meals to home-bound seniors.
The food share’s Meals on Wheels program serves more than 300 meals daily in the local area, he said.
But there are still people in need. According to Meals on Wheels of America, 1 in 6 seniors struggles with hunger nationally and even more are isolated and living alone.
The food share’s daily service to seniors doubled since they took on the Meals on Wheels program.
To get involved, go to www.marionpolkfoodshare.org/programs/meals-on-wheels or call 503-364-2856.
Salem Police Foundation
The Salem Police Foundation raised $1,150 through its Giving Tuesday campaign.
The foundation was raising money for a Mobile Command Center.
The foundation promotes the support of the Salem Police Department by funding equipment, training and community programs. The command center vehicle would allow for Salem law enforcement to be better prepared in the event of a natural or man-made disaster, according to foundation officials.
The foundation is also running a year-end annual giving campaign that has raised $4,000 in its first week. That campaign will run through the end of the year.
To get involved, go to salempolicefoundation.org or call 503-371-7457.
United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley
Donations received by the local branch of United Way on Tuesday will support their Change the Odds campaign.
United Way works to increase the number of children who are ready for kindergarten, reading proficiently by the end of third grade, successful in middle school, and graduating from high school with the skills they need to get a good job and lead a successful life, according to the organization’s website.
“Last year, 15,250 kids received developmental screenings; reading, writing and math skill development; career readiness help; and other supports. With your help, we can reach even more children.”
However, the work being done by United Way is not bolstered much by Giving Tuesday donations.
Brenda Kidder, development director for the local United Way, said they receive few donations each year for Giving Tuesday, and this year was no exception.
Only one person donated for Giving Tuesday, but the $70 donated will be used for future community impact work. This could include “grant partnerships” or “regional investments,” said Sherry Litner, donor relations and communications director for the local United Way.
Kidder said it’s possible people are donating throughout the year and don’t focus on that day. Litner agreed, saying the organization receives monthly workplace donations from individuals’ paychecks, unlike other nonprofits.
“The people we would reach out to for Giving Tuesday or (usually) already giving on a regular basis,” she said.
To get involved, go to www.unitedwaymwv.org or call 503-363-1651.
Evergreen Charitable Trust and Catalog of Giving
Donations helped purchase sheets for the St. Francis Center, blankets for the Center for Hope and Safety, pajamas for children via United Way, and copy paper for CASA of Marion County, and more, said Richard Pine of the trust.
The trust plans to continue its fundraising effort past Giving Tuesday.
To get involved or donate to the Evergreen Charitable Trust, go to www.evertrust.org or call 503-365-3950.
If you know about success stories regarding this year’s Catalog of Giving, contact Natalie Pate at the Statesman Journal.