Central Carolina Community Foundation to Host Second Annual “Midlands Gives” Local Online Giving Challenge Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May 4, 2015

COLUMBIA, SC – Become a philanthropist for just $20 during Central Carolina Community Foundation’s second annual Midlands Gives, a 24-hour local online giving challenge, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, from 12:01 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. on www.MidlandsGives.org.


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The inaugural Midlands Gives day was a notable success, raising more than $700,000 for 150 local nonprofits through a one-day only online campaign that went viral overnight.
More than 250 local nonprofits will participate in the 2015 event – almost double the total number of organizations that participated in 2014.

As donors, members of the public can make contributions to their nonprofit(s) of choice during Midlands Gives, in amounts as low as just $20. Contributions are amplified through sponsored prize incentives and interactive “power hours” throughout the day on May 5.

“Last year I gave to many nonprofits through Midlands Gives and found it to be a wonderful and easy way to give, both large and small amounts,” said Charlotte Berry, founder of Women in Philanthropy. “You can give to so many charities in a very short period of time. I can’t think of a better way to share the benefits of giving with others.”

Giving online to any participating nonprofit organization during Midlands Gives is safe and easy on the Midlands Gives website. To make a donation tomorrow, simply visit www.MidlandsGives.org, select the nonprofit(s) you would like to support and make a contribution of just $20 or more.

The public can also get involved in the social conversation throughout Midlands Gives day online by following Central Carolina Community Foundation on Twitter, @CCCFtweets, and using the official campaign hashtag, #MidlandsGives.

The IT-oLogy first floor lobby, located at Gervais and Sumter Streets in the heart of downtown Columbia, will serve as the headquarters for Midlands Gives during the 24-hour event, with live giving stations, celebratory events and live television coverage taking place throughout the day. The public is encouraged to join Central Carolina Community Foundation and fans of the 250-plus participating nonprofits at IT-oLogy tomorrow, and during the live news broadcasts in the morning, midday and evening, to support their favorite causes and cheer on their favorite nonprofits with posters and signs. Nonprofit supporters can also rally with fellow givers at Midlands Gives live-giving stations, located at the Columbia Metropolitan Museum of Art and other spots around the Midlands.

Central Carolina Community Foundation thanks the following Midlands Gives 2015 sponsors, media and community partners:

Supporting Sponsors: Aflac, Colonial Life, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Palmetto Computer Consulting

Community Bonus Pool Sponsors: Community Foundation for Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties, Greater Chapin Community Endowment, Kershaw County Endowment.

Media Sponsors: WIS-TV, Free Times, The State Media Company, WLTX News 19, ABC Columbia, WACH Fox 57, WXRY radio, iHeartMedia, Inc., The Palm 92.1, Alpha Media, Grace Outdoor, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Columbia Business Monthly, MidlandsBiz, Millennium Magazine, Columbia Regional Business Report, The Sumter Item and The Times and Democrat.

Community Partners: Barbara Rackes, The Rackes Group; Carolina Event Consultants; Charlie Nutt; Charlotte Berry; Chris Worley; Columbia Metropolitan Airport; Dawn Staley, Head USC Women’s Basketball Coach; Flock and Rally; Greater Chapin Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center; Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center; IT-oLogy; Jamesha Shackerford; Lanie Hudson, Miss South Carolina 2014; Lani Stringer, Mustard Graphics; Lenee Phillips; Mike Brenan, President of BB&T SC; Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center; Scott Adams; Scott McFarland; South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations; Suzanna Kutcher and YMCA of Sumter.

Learn more about Midlands Gives and view the list of participating nonprofits at https://www.midlandsgives.org.


About Midlands Gives

Midlands Gives is an annual 24-hour online giving challenge for local nonprofits, presented by Central Carolina Community Foundation. This year’s event will take place on May 5, 2015. For more information about Midlands Gives, visit www.midlandsgives.org or call 803-254-5601, x312.


About Central Carolina Community Foundation

Central Carolina Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization serving 11 counties in the Midlands by distributing grants and scholarships and linking the resources of donors, nonprofits and area leaders to communities in need. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.yourfoundation.org or call 803.254.5601.