While fact checking this week’s cover story about Give For Good Louisville, I was taken aback by one particular figure: Last year’s 24-hour online fundraiser for more than 500 nonprofit organizations raised just over $4.6 million from 13,000+ donors. Metro Louisville, which includes portions of Southern Indiana, has a population of almost 1.3 million people. Yet, on a single day dedicated to supporting our community’s nonprofits, only about 1 percent of us participated.
Yes, our community is known for being compassionate and giving. Just look at the number of benefit galas, events and causes so many embrace throughout the year. But what if every person who donated to Give For Good 2017 committed to finding someone who didn’t participate and convincing them to contribute – no matter how small or large – on this one day to just one nonprofit?
The Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL) is a tremendous organization that is effecting change for hundreds of charities, which in turn greatly impacts all of us in the community. On Sept. 13, we have an opportunity to join CFL’s efforts of being a collective force for good. If you want to be a part of the one-day initiative, go to giveforgoodlouisville.org. You can also learn more about the special event in this week’s cover story. The goal is to raise $5 million. Surely, we can accomplish that together and so much more.