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Give Local Midland raises over $457,000 for local nonprofits

More than $457,000 was raised in 24 hours Tuesday to help ensure the economic sustainability of Midland nonprofits.

The Midland Area Community Foundation (MACF) has held its ninth “Give Local Midland” campaign, a largely virtual fundraiser to raise money for nonprofits. In total, approximately $457,543 was raised from 881 donors for 72 organizations.

“So many of these organizations have been unable to hold fundraisers during the pandemic,” said Sharon Mortensen, president and CEO of MACF. “So they really looked to Give Local as a way to help their organizations in a time when they couldn’t do some of their traditional business. Because of this, it attracted more donors in this way to help support the organizations they care about. »

Local nonprofits created endowment funds for the event, which are funds invested to generate income for nonprofits through interest, Mortensen said. The use of these dollars is directed by the nonprofit organization that holds the fund, whether for the operations of the organization or for a specific project.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, donations have been deposited into the expendable portion of the endowment funds, rather than all contributions made into the permanent portion of the funds.

In addition to contributions and earnings, the nonprofits also share a percentage-based pool of $77,000. These matching funds were committed by the community foundation and donor-advised fund holders. All match pool dollars will support long-term sustainability.

According to Give Local Midland’s websiteHere are the top 10 donation recipients:

  1. Midland Open House – $24,786
  2. The Salvation Army – Midland Corps – $23,685
  3. Camp Neyati – Midland Campground Council – $21,210
  4. Adoption Option Inc. – $18,415
  5. The Legacy Center for Community Success – $17,405
  6. Shelter – $13,765
  7. Independent Community Living – $13,220
  8. Northeast Little League – $12,425
  9. Midland’s Reece Endeavor – $11,345
  10. Midland Lacrosse Club – $11,335

The urgency of the pandemic may have helped this fundraiser gain momentum in recent years. Mortensen said Give Local Midland raised $447,000 in 2021 and $404,000 in 2020. Mortensen said the community foundation first held the 24-hour fundraiser in 2014. Give Local aims to help nonprofit organizations to build long-term sustainability.