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Nonprofits competing for donations on Arizona Gives Day

KINGMAN - Five local organizations are competing today against 850 Arizona nonprofits to see who can bring in the most donations in the next 24 hours as part of Arizona Gives Day.

The Friends of the Kingman Library, the Kingman Veterans Memorial Trust, Arizona Youth Partnership, North Country Healthcare and Westcare Arizona are all participating.

The mad rush for donations started at midnight and runs until 11:59 p.m. today. Donations can be made by going to www.AZgives.org and searching by city, ZIP code or charity name. The minimum donation is $10. However, there is no limit on how much you can give or how many charities you can give to.

"We'd be happy to get anything," said Kelly Tanner, the coordinator of Harbor House for Arizona Youth Partnership. "A lot of our programs are grant-funded and require matching funds."

Harbor House, a center for homeless and runaway teens, is funded by a federal grant that requires $20,000 in matching funds, Tanner said.

Arizona Youth Partnership is a state organization, but all of the funds raised by the organization locally stay in the community, she said. Just make sure to add a note at the Arizona Gives website that you want your donation to stay in Kingman or Mohave County.

The Kingman Veterans Memorial Trust also has a link on the site. The trust wants to collect enough money to open a veterans center in downtown Kingman - a place where veterans who need someone to talk to about their experiences can hang out and get help.

"We're hoping to raise as much as we can," trustee Connie Hall said.

As an incentive, the Alliance for Arizona Nonprofits is offering $20,000 to the charity that collects the most donors, $15,000 to the charity that collects the most money, $1,000 each hour to the charity that has the most donors in that hour and $10,000 to the small nonprofit that collects the most donors.

The Alliance is defining "small nonprofit" as any charity that has an annual revenue of less than $250,000.

Freeport McMoRan is also offering a $5,000 prize to the rural charity that has the most donors. In order to qualify for the prize, the charity has to be headquartered outside of the city limits of Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff and Yuma.

The race for the prizes will be tracked on the Arizona Gives website.

This is the first year for the contest, said Patrick McWhortor of the Alliance for Arizona Nonprofits. All of the proceeds collected through the website will go to the charity that donors choose, he said.

The organization is hoping to raise $2 million for Arizona charities.

The idea of a "Give Day" started in Minnesota in 2011 as a way to increase donations to local charities, McWhortor said.


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