GoodGiving Challenge starts today!
One of the great things about living in Central Kentucky is that we are a generous people. Our communities are stronger because folks are willing to volunteer and give financially to the many worthy nonprofit organizations that help to sustain and improve the lives of all people in the region.
Have you ever visited the Bluegrass Heritage Museum, Leeds Center for the Arts, Legacy Grove, or one of the other community parks? Ever make use of the animal shelter or have a child involved in youth sports? Maybe you or someone you love has been in a position of needing services from one of the many organizations providing food, shelter, and other emergency services to folks in need?
These are just a few of the many nonprofits in our community that enrich our lives. Whether you’ve benefited directly or not, you do benefit from living in a town where such organizations help to elevate the lives of all citizens.
When my wife and I moved to Winchester from Eastern Kentucky in the fall of 2015, one of the first things that impressed us was the annual GoodGiving Challenge that takes place in early December each year. The idea of the challenge, sponsored by the Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing, is to organize and compress a year’s worth of giving into an intense week. Charitable donations are made to participating local nonprofit organizations through the BG Gives online giving platform.
But there’s a fun twist: donations from individuals are greatly multiplied during the weeklong challenge by generous daily “challenge grants” from local companies and charitable foundations. For instance, the Clark County Community Foundation provides matching grants totaling up to $250,000 to participating nonprofits in our county.
The challenge was organized in 2011; this year is the eleventh year of the event. To date, $14.1 million has been raised for nonprofits in 14 counties of Central Kentucky.
This year there are 29 participating organizations in Clark. Donors can choose which organizations they would like to support and how much they wish to donate. The minimum is $10 per organization; there is no limit. All donations are tax-deductible, and receipts are provided.
The challenge will run from 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30 through midnight on Monday, Dec. 6. Get all the details and give online at BGgives.org.
Clark County participating nonprofits
Achieving Recovery Together
BCTC Winchester-Clark County Campus
The Beacon of Hope Emergency Shelter Inc
Bluegrass Heritage Museum
Charlie’s Heart Charity
Clark County Community Services
Clark County Homeless Coalition
Clark County Youth Sports Association
Friends of the Clark County Animal Shelter, Inc.
Friends of Hemp
Friends of Parks and Recreation
Hospice East, Inc.
Lady Veterans Connect Inc
Leeds Center for the Arts
LIFE for Pets
Marco Shemwell Foundation
New Beginnings of Winchester
Partners In Education of Clark County
Rose Mary C. Brooks Place
Rowland Arts Center
St. Agatha Academy
Swimchester Sailfish, Inc.
Winchester Black History & Heritage Committee
Winchester Clark County Farmers Market
Winchester Community Work Group
Winchester Youth Soccer League