Across the region, nation and world, charities participated in Giving Tuesday, a day of giving held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.
The day was founded in 2012 as a response to the commercialism of Black Friday, and a day to inspire people to do good in their communities and beyond.
Several Golden Triangle nonprofits participated this year, including the Oktibbeha County Humane society and StarkvilleArea Arts Council, among others. The organizations gave the public an opportunity to donate online to show support.
SAAC Executive Director John Bateman said his organization was having a successful Giving Tuesday, with approximately $1,500 raised as of noon on Tuesday. He said the organization was using the event as a kickoff to its fundraising campaign. The organization hopes to receive 1,000 donations of $10.
Bateman said SAAC first participated in Giving Tuesday two years ago.
He said the $1,500 was the most the council had ever raised though Giving Tuesday, garnering $800 the first time and smaller amounts last year.
“The arts have a tremendous economic impact on a community,” Bateman said. “It’s what helps build a culture. It’s what helps build a community where people want to live.”
OCHS Director of Development Martha Thomas said it was the humane society’s first year participating. She said the society’s donations would be matched up to $5,000 by an anonymous local donor.
“At our last tally we were at $2,600,” Thomas said on Tuesday afternoon. “Of course our goal is to raise$5,000 because we have a local anonymous donor matching donations up to $5,000. We’ve been pushing that on social media and email, and trying to raise money for the shelter.”
She said she considered the day a success, especially since this year was the humane society’s first big push for Giving Tuesday.
“About 4,500 pets are provided for by OCHS every year, stray pets and our surrendered pets, and we’re glad to play a part of their story of finding their forever homes,” Thomas said. “We couldn’t do that without the support of our community.”
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