Randy ShumwayTwo months after the close of the Idaho Legislative Session, nonprofit organizations throughout Idaho have geared up for what may be their biggest fundraising day of the year on May 5.

“Idaho Gives” is a one-day giving blitz in which Idahoans come together to support the nonprofit organizations that serve their local communities. The Idaho Nonprofit Center, which organizes the event, represents the interests of over 5,500 registered nonprofits with more than 52,000 employees and over 425,000 volunteers.

Idaho Gives emphasizes encouraging a large number of philanthropists to donate rather than asking them to make large donations. Nonprofit organizations compete for additional funds by trying to collect the largest number of donations. The nonprofits are divided into different categories depending on the size of their organizations, and the top recipients in each category can receive additional cash prizes. In addition, golden ticket awards are randomly given throughout the day. The name of a donor who contributed during the designated hour will be randomly selected, and the nonprofit he or she contributed to will receive $1,000.

Donations are vital for the viable and effective operation of nonprofit organizations throughout the state, and each donation has an impact. These organizations contribute to the economy by providing essential services to people in their local communities who need them most.

Government can’t solve all of our problems or provide all necessary services. Non-profits help keep taxes low and government small. Participating in Idaho Gives will benefit Idaho communities. A little bit from a lot of people adds up to big support for good causes.