Tifton Gazette

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December 4, 2012

Two charities participate in the first annual ‘Georgia Gives Day’

Georgians encouraged to donate to their charity of choice on Dec. 6

TIFTON — The Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) has announced its inaugural statewide day of giving — Georgia Gives Day — on Thursday, Dec. 6. The purpose of Georgia Gives Day is to bring the state together as one community, to raise as much money and awareness as possible for Georgia nonprofits within a 24-hour, flash mob of giving. One hundred percent of proceeds will go directly to participating nonprofits by donating through www.GAgivesday.org.

The initiative, which was officially declared Georgia Gives Day by Gov. Nathan Deal, provides citizens across the state with an easy platform to recognize nonprofits across a variety of sectors for their invaluable efforts. Inspired by other successful days of giving in states such as Washington, Colorado and Minnesota, GCN developed its own effort to promote community awareness and the mission of nonprofits that serve as the backbone for many communities across the state.

“Nonprofits touch nearly every part of our lives,” said Karen Beavor, president and CEO of GCN. “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,” said Beavor.

The mission of Georgia Gives Day is to inspire individuals to donate to participating nonprofits with the goal of raising as much money as possible within a 24-hour period. GAgivesday.org makes donating easy by organizing hundreds of nonprofits across the state onto one website, providing the information people need to select a cause or charity of their choice, and enabling online donations by credit card or e-check.

Pam Howard, development director with Ruth’s Cottage and The Patticake House, states, “Although there is a big push across the state for giving on Georgia Gives Day, the website is already operational and will continue to be available throughout the year. Many people are in the spirit of giving during this time of year and are looking for a cause to support with their holiday and year-end giving. We hope that they will choose to help our organization continue its mission of assisting victims of domestic violence and child abuse.”

Ruth’s Cottage is a domestic violence shelter whose mission is to end domestic and sexual violence, as well as child sexual and physical abuse, through a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to investigations, advocacy and support while working in the community to change attitudes, beliefs and behaviors.

The Patticake House is a children’s advocacy center whose mission is to provide a child-friendly facility where professionals work together as a team to protect and treat child abuse victims while holding offenders accountable.

To donate, simply go to https://gagivesday.org. You can search for a participating nonprofit organization in a number of ways, including zip code, county, cause or name.

To donate to Ruth’s Cottage and The Patticake House, you can enter either ‘Ruth’s Cottage’ or ‘The Patticake House’ in the search section, click on the ‘donate now’ button and submit your donation and payment information. Any donation amount is accepted and can be made using a debit/credit card or e-check. You may make a one-time payment or to continue giving throughout the year, you can schedule a recurring payment. You may also send donations to P.O. Box 2727, Tifton, Ga. 31793.

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