2019 GoodGiving Challenge raises $1.68 million for local nonprofits

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington has once again shown its philanthropic side, raising nearly $2 million for local nonprofits in the 2019 GoodGiving Challenge.

Organizers say the initial numbers show $1.68 million was raised for 131 local nonprofits during the week-long online giving campaign that launched on Giving Tuesday.

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This year’s numbers show not only a 10 percent increase in funds raised, but also an increase in number of people who gave.

The 2019 GoodGiving Challenge featured over $440,000 in matching prizes that increased gifts by as much as 50 to 100 percent.

Since it started in 2011, the GoodGiving Challenge has raised nearly $12 million total for nonprofits. Last year, the challenge raised $1.5 million for 110 local nonprofits through more than 7,500 gifts made.

For more details, visit www.BGgives.org.

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Bobbi McSwine joined the ABC 36 News Team in March 2020. She started as a Web Content Producer in November 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, known to many as the “Windy City.” She studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. While in school, she had a number of internships ranging from Free Spirit Media, ABC 7 Chicago and Illinois Public Media. She fell in love with writing in high school and paired that with a newfound passion for storytelling in college. She misses her hometown, but she loves the horses and rich history in Lexington. When she’s not working, she’s probably listening to music or binge-watching Netflix. She’s always looking to get to know more people in Central Kentucky, so feel free to shoot her a message on Facebook @BobbiWTVQ, follow her on Twitter @McSwineB_News, or send her an email at bmcswine@wtvq.com.