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$4.5 million raised for Midlands nonprofits: Another record-breaking year

Midlands Gives Day, Central Carolina Community Foundation’s annual 18-hour online giving challenge, raised $4,590,973 via 19,267 individual gifts. The eleventh annual online day of giving took place on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, and supported 574 local nonprofits — the most nonprofits in Midlands Gives history.

“We continue to be awestruck by the level of generosity in our community. Over $28 million has been raised in the last 11 years, and these dollars stay in the Midlands to have a direct impact locally,” shared Interim CEO, Kevin Patten.

Eleven years and more than $28.7 million raised

Since the inception of Midlands Gives in 2014, donors have contributed $28,739,831 million for hundreds of local nonprofits in the Community Foundation’s 11-county service area: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda and Sumter.

Annually, thousands of everyday philanthropists support the positive impact nonprofits have on the region’s well-being.

One hundred percent of each contribution, less a 2.2% credit card fee and a 2.8% Neon One technology fee, will go directly to the donor’s selected nonprofit. Donors had the option to cover these fees at checkout. The Foundation does not receive any fees from Midlands Gives.

Gifts go further with $104,000 in prize incentives

In Good Company Network members — including Aflac, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Columbia Fireflies, Dominion Energy, Southeastern Freight Lines, Truist, and more — provided financial incentives, matching gifts and prizes for nonprofits on May 7, amplifying individuals’ contributions of $10 or more. Additionally, many nonprofits secured matching gifts from generous donors throughout the community.

“We are grateful to our In Good Company partners who support Midlands Gives and our local nonprofits. Their commitment to the community creates excitement around the giving day and amplifies donations from thousands of donors,” said Erin Johnson, vice president of community investment.

The Foundation’s affiliate funds, Greater Chapin Community Foundation, Kershaw County Community Foundation, Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties Community Foundation, and Sumter Community Foundation, received $43,307 in matching funds. Below is a breakdown of each fund’s dollar-for-dollar match.

Community uplifts local nonprofits at Midlands Gives Block Party 

Hundreds of community members from the Midlands region came together at Segra Park on Midlands Gives Day to celebrate philanthropy. Elected officials from the Foundation’s 11-county service area participated in the Central Carolina Community Foundation Elected Officials Challenge. Each participant’s chosen nonprofit organization received up to $500. In total, $5,500 was distributed to 11 nonprofit organizations.

  • Mayor Daniel Rickenmann (City of Columbia) – Dyslexia Resource Center
  • Senator Tamekia Isaac Devine (Senator District 19) – City Year Columbia
  • Mayor Tem Miles (City of West Columbia) – West Columbia Beautification Foundation
  • Mayor Tom Andrews (City of Forest Acres) – The Therapy Place
  • Mayor Hazel Livingston (Town of Lexington) – Mission Lexington and Palmetto Place Children and Youth Services
  • Jim Crosland, Deputy City Manager (City of Cayce) – Cayce Public Safety Foundation
  • The Honorable Jesica Mackey (Richland County Council Chair) – Richland County First Steps
  • Mayor Julia Nelson (City of Manning) – Lee County First Steps
  • The Honorable Beth Carrigg (Lexington County Council Chair) – Big Red Barn Retreat
  • Councilman Russell Brazell (Kershaw County Council) – Kershaw County Sheriffs Foundation

Early giving donations count toward leaderboard totals

Early giving for Midlands Gives Day ran from April 1 through May 6. This allowed an entire month of early gifts to count toward Midlands Gives Day leaderboard totals. More than $1.1 million was raised before the giving day.