Georgia Gives Day spotlights nonprofits
by Marie Nesmith
Dec 06, 2012 | 1055 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With today marking Georgia Center for Nonprofits’ inaugural Georgia Gives Day, online users can learn about and donate to numerous nonprofits with a click of their mouse. On www.gagivesday.org, participants can search organizations by county, ZIP code or cause to find their desired nonprofits.

“Nonprofits touch nearly every part of our lives,” GCN President and CEO Karen Beavor stated in a news release. “We are very excited to give Georgians an opportunity to truly recognize the nonprofit organizations in their community and give where they live.

“... The holiday season is upon us and Georgia Gives Day is the perfect way to give a tribute to someone in your life or to recognize a cause that is personally important. With more than nine million citizens in the state, it is important that all Georgians know it only takes one click to give back.”

While many organizations listed on the website offer services in northwest Georgia, some have offices in Bartow County, such as Advocates for Children and Goodwill of North Georgia.

“This is the first year that the Georgia Center for Nonprofits has coordinated this initiative,” said Kayleigh Ladshaw, development assistant for Advocates, a Cartersville nonprofit that serves about 2,600 area youth each year through the Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter and providing services that assist in the awareness, prevention and treatment of child abuse. “It’s not to support one cause necessarily, but to consider what the community would be like without nonprofits. It would be less connected. It would be less interesting. It’s just to kind of remind Georgia how important the nonprofit sector really is to our community.

“Advocates is participating and we would love for people in the community to be able to go to Gagivesday.org and search for us in the search box called “Search for a Cause,” the box to the right. You [can] type in Advocates for Children all day long on [Dec. 6]. Whether it’s $10 or $10,000, it all adds up to enrich lives to help our community thrive.”

Since about 55 percent of Advocates’ annual $1.6 million budget is raised by the local community, efforts like Georgia Gives Day are integral to the nonprofit’s success.

“We have 10 programs that need funding,” Ladshaw said. “Then, we also have a new program called Hope in Your Home. So we’re still looking for funding for that. So a lot of the money that we do receive from Georgia Gives Day will go toward funding that new program.

“It is a program where we will have volunteers go into the homes of at-risk families and counsel them to ensure that they don’t end up in the custody of DFCS and they are no longer at risk by the time that we are through counseling them.”