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Give to Lincoln Day: Celebrating 10 years of community compassion for nonprofits
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Give to Lincoln Day: Celebrating 10 years of community compassion for nonprofits

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The stage is set for the 10th annual Give to Lincoln Day on Tuesday, May 25. Coordinated by the Lincoln Community Foundation (LCF) in partnership with local nonprofit organizations, the annual event has raised more than $33 million for local nonprofits in its nine-year history.

“Give to Lincoln Day represents the strength and compassion of our community,” said Barbara Bartle, LCF president. “We’ve seen from the past nine years that when Lincoln comes together, big things can happen. The modern symbol for the 10th anniversary is a diamond. Let’s make the 10th a real gem of a giving day for our community!”

Give to Lincoln Day is a giving day event that encourages everyone to contribute to Lincoln and Lancaster County nonprofit organizations through a single online giving platform between May 1 and May 25. Every donation makes a bigger impact on Give to Lincoln Day, because nonprofits also get a proportional share of a $500,000 match fund made possible by LCF, presenting sponsor West Gate Bank and other generous sponsors. Donors can search nonprofits and give online at GiveToLincoln.com.

Gifts may also be made via check and mailed to the Lincoln Community Foundation at 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 100, Lincoln, NE 68508 if postmarked by May 20. In lieu of mailing donations, donors can drop off checks between May 1 and May 25 at presenting sponsor West Gate Bank’s Lincoln branches.

Now there are even more ways to support your favorite nonprofits on Give to Lincoln Day. If you have a donor advised fund at LCF, fees are waived when you make grants to participating nonprofits. Donors who are 70½ or older may make qualified charitable distributions from their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) to charities participating in Give to Lincoln Day. If you are interested in learning more about how to support Give to Lincoln Day by using either of these methods, contact LCF by May 10 at 402-474-2345.

LCF staff members heard about giving days in 2011 while attending a national conference for community foundations. Inspired by a day where everyone can be a philanthropist, they brought the idea back to the board.

“The board was so excited about the concept that we planned the first Give to Lincoln Day event for just six months later,” said Michelle Paulk, LCF vice president for community outreach. “We raised $1.3 million that first year, and we could not have imagined how the event would blossom and become a community-wide day of philanthropy that people watch for every year.”

From raising $1.3 million with 187 participating nonprofits in 2012 to $7 million with 448 participating nonprofits in 2020, the event has grown tremendously year after year. The most recent record-breaking results in 2020 came at a critical time for nonprofits in our community. Nearly 31,000 individual donations were received -- an increase of almost 10,000 from the previous year.

“Last year’s results were an incredible show of support for our community and neighbors,” said Bartle. “Our nonprofits have been on the front line serving our most vulnerable for over a year. Our generosity is needed now more than ever. On May 25th, let’s wrap our arms around them and give them a great big community hug.”

For more information, visit GiveToLincoln.com or contact LCF at 402-474-2345.

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