Georgia Gives more than $6.8M on Giving Tuesday

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A final tally reveals Georgians donated a record $6.8 million on Giving Tuesday, November 28.

According to the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, a record $4 million was donated through GAgives.org, and another $2.8 million was reported from 36 other major donation platforms.

This was the first year #GAgives and  #GivingTuesday combined in an effort amplify the forces of two powerful philanthropic efforts.

The Georgia Center for Nonprofits, which launched the states largest day of giving in 2012, was the lead organizer for the state for the global #GivingTuesday movement.

"One of the great things about nonprofits is we are always about collaboration," said Karen Beavor, CEO of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. "Giving Tuesday and Georgia Gives Day started about the same time five years ago. We are two weeks apart and we thought, 'Why not collaborate and make this thing bigger?'"

On Giving Tuesday, Georgians were invited to make online donations in support of the Georgia nonprofits of their choice. 

"Save that little extra to make your community great in your own back yard and support a cause you care about." - Karen Beavor

"[Giving Tuesday] came on the heels of this mass consumerism. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, it’s all about purchasing goods," Beavor said. "We really wanted a day nationally that was about heart giving not necessarily thing giving"

Last year, Georgia Gives raised a record $3.9 million for more than 2,500 Georgia nonprofits. Since the inaugural event in 2012, Georgia Gives donors have given upwards of $13.5 million to support 2,700 organizations across the state.

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