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Get ready to give, San Angelo


24 hours, 130 nonprofits, $1 million goal

By Mike Kelly of the San Angelo Standard-Times

Posted: 9:32 p.m. 0

The clock is ticking on sanangelogives.org.

It will hit zero at midnight Tuesday, and the city’s second annual day of giving will open its portals.

The leaderboard on the website, which is now displaying a countdown clock, shows more than 130 Concho Valley nonprofit organizations waiting for donations to come in during the 24-hour event, which runs from midnight Tuesday to midnight Wednesday. They range from children’s groups to faith-based charities and soup kitchens to arts organizations.

The first San Angelo Gives in 2015 gathered more than $787,000 in donations, all of it contributed in a single day, a stunning tribute to the community’s generosity.

The San Angelo Area Foundation is the organizing force behind San Angelo Gives.

Although the foundation is reluctant to set goals, President Matt Lewis said, it hopes to raise more than last year. “As a community, we’re hopeful our stretch goal of $1 million can be met,” Lewis said.

The individual charities already are promoting their causes, many on social media platforms. Santa Rita Elementary School has distributed cards outlining its ambitions for campus improvements: $45,000 to install air conditioning in the multipurpose building and $17,000 to provide shade for the playground area. The Facebook page for the San Angelo Symphony notes that $50 can help a musician travel to play at seniors’ centers as part of its Music and Wellness program.

“Please remember West Texas Boys Ranch on May 3!” the ranch asks followers on its Facebook page.

” … will you help us make history through San Angelo Gives?” the House of Faith asks on its page. The widely supported organization known for its outreach to thousands of children in San Angelo received more than $48,000 during the event last year.

San Angelo Gives occurs on the same day as more than 100 similar efforts by community foundations across the country, all of them using the same online software. Lewis noted that allows people from outside the community — in fact, nearly anywhere in the world — to contribute to San Angelo causes.

“So, if you live in Miami, you can give through same portal to San Angelo. Anybody in the world that has access to the Internet and a credit card can give,” he said. “Last year, people in 31 states and three countries gave to San Angelo.”

The website is set up to be “an easy and ultrasecure” method of online giving, Lewis said. People who want to give but are unable or unwilling to do so on the Internet can contribute by check at the San Angelo Area Foundation office, 221 S. Irving St., on Tuesday.

As an additional inducement, $120,000 in “amplification” funding already has been committed to the effort — the funds can be applied to individual gifts to increase their impact — and prizes to the nonprofits will be announced throughout the day.

The prize funds include a $250 “early bird” prize that will go to the organization that receives the first donation after the event opens, and another will give $1,000 to the first organization that receives 50 donations of $50. Total prize money available amounts to $11,000, Lewis said.

“The goal is to make it fun and add money to every gift,” he said.

The countdown clock will hit zero at midnight Tuesday and the event continues through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

IF YOU GIVE

What: San Angelo Gives
When: Midnight to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday
Where: sanangelogives.org
Contact: 325-947-7071

And now for something special

During the second annual San Angelo Gives day from midnight Tuesday to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, organizations will be eligible to receive prizes in addition to the donations pledged by the public.

  • Early Bird Gets the Worm: The first $100 donation of the day — $250
  • Tres Amigos Rise Shine: Most unique donors between midnight and 6 a.m. — $1,000
  • 1st Community Federal Credit Union Nifty 50: First to receive 50 donations of $50 from 8-10 a.m. — $1,000
  • Addresses Real Estate Give Where You Live: In honor of our 76903 ZIP code, the donation that pushes the total amount raised over $76,903 — $1,000
  • H-E-B Give and Grub: Most unique donors between noon and 1 p.m. — $500
  • Sonora Bank Siesta Prize: Most donations between 2-3 p.m. — $500
  • AEP Texas Area Code Cash: The donation closest to 3:25 p.m., celebrating our area code — $500 
  • Sonora Bank 5 o’clock Somewhere: Random Drawing — $500
  • John Stokes, CPA Happy Hour: Most donations raised between 5-6 p.m. — $1,000
  • Atmos Energy Dinner Donations: Most unique donors between 6-7 p.m. — $500
  • CVCOG Procrastinator Prize: Most donations between 10-11 p.m. — $1,000
  • Texas Bank One in a MILLION: The gift that pushes us over our goal of $1 million — $1,000
  • AEP Texas Break Time-Minute to Win It: Most donations in a specific 30-minute time frame. The San Angelo Area Foundation will select the time on the day of the event and announce it on social media — $500
  • H-E-B 3297 Prize: The 3,297th donation, surpassing last years gift count of 3,296 — $500
  • Better Late than Never: The last donation of the day — $250
  • The Bank Trust Record Breaker: Donation that pushes the total over $787,173, surpassing last year’s total amount raised — $1,000

For the purpose of awarding prizes, a unique donor is one individual or corporation. Multiple donations from one donor to the same nonprofit will count as one unique donor.

In the event a prize is not awarded, the value of the prize will be added to the amplification funds.

About Mike Kelly

Michael Kelly is editor of the Standard-Times, a veteran journalist and denizen of the Proud Highway.

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