UPDATE: Kentuckians donate more than $721,000 on Give Day

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UPDATE POSTED 6 A.M. MAY 12, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentuckians donated $721,385 to 219 nonprofit organizations participating in the ninth annual Kentucky Gives Day online giving campaign. The total was a welcome increase from the $652,352 raised during the 2020 event.

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Kentucky Gives Day has raised $3.49 million by participating nonprofits in the nine years since it was launched by Kentucky Nonprofit Network, the state association of nonprofits. The 2021 event brought together 3478 online donors who made 4192 gifts – all through a single website, www.kygives.org.

“The pandemic has put an incredible strain on nonprofit organizations – they’ve faced unimaginable challenges. And yet, they continue to step up to meet community needs,” said Daniellle Clore, CEO of Kentucky Nonprofit Network.

“Today, thousands of donors – Kentuckians near and far – also stepped up with donations and support on social media that resulted in a powerful day of action in the Commonwealth. Kentucky can be proud and inspired by this generosity,” Clore added.

Kentucky Gives Day is sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky. The Central Kentucky Community Foundation in Elizabethtown is a regional partner. Media partners include iHeart Radio Lexington; iHeart Radio Louisville; and Kentucky News Network.

More information about Kentucky Gives Day, including the results of funds raised by participating charities, is available at www.kygives.org.

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED 5 P.M. MAY 11, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A milestone reached today for the 9th annual Kentucky Gives Day, a day dedicated to encouraging donations to non-profits.

It’s topped $3 million raised in its nine years with over $300,000 alone by 5:00 p.m.

“Ending hunger in Scott County, it is the heart of what we do here,” Carlisle said.

Amen House in Georgetown is one of many organizations part of the Kentucky Nonprofit Network’s “Kentucky Gives Day”.

For 24 hours the nonprofit network connects you with your favorite charities for a donation marathon.

Amen House Executive Director Michele Carlisle says there is a ton of food moving through the organization every week but as with many others, the pandemic posed a challenge.

“The Amen House has been tested, and we held strong but the only reason we held strong is because of the support we have within the community,” Carlisle said.

Money donated goes towards meals for families.

“This place runs on donations. It just does,” Carlisle said.

And in Lexington, the day allows Ashland Terrace to make a big difference for elderly women living in its independent senior living community.

“Days like this are vital to nonprofits like ours,” Weber said.

Staff provides the women three meals a day, transportation, housekeeping, and a fun time.

Executive Director Kelly Weber says the past year has been a challenge.

“Not only are we a non-profit but we also privately subsidize our resident’s rents and so not allowing new residents to move in last year just for the safety of our current residents has been really really difficult,” Weber said. “Expenses are up, income’s down.”

Weber says money raised on Tuesday will go towards food, building maintenance, and supporting the residents.

“It means so much. I mean every dollar makes a huge impact,” Weber said.