Generous El Pasoans nearly doubled their donations to local nonprofit agencies during the second annual El Paso Giving Day.
More than two thousand community members logged onto ElPasoGivingDay.org and selected from 165 participating nonprofit organizations to which they donated. While final numbers are still being tallied, 2,402 individual donations totaled $200,130, according to initial estimates.
During last year’s El Paso Giving Day, non-profits received 1,515 donations totaling $102,221.
“We all know El Pasoans are generous and by focusing that generosity on a single day of giving, our community was able to increase awareness while raising twice as many impactful dollars for important causes in El Paso when compared to last year,” said Kimmy May, coordinator of El Paso Giving Day. “On behalf of the participating nonprofits, we would like to thank donors who gave so generously and thank our entire community for demonstrating such a giving spirit.”
While the total amount raised is impressive, El Paso Giving Day also inspired more El Pasoans to be more generous this year — many of whom had never given before.
While a minimum donation of $10 was required to participate, El Pasoans far out-paced that minimum and donations averaged approximately $66 each, up from $59 in 2016. Of the thousands of El Pasoans who participated, 733 of them were first time donors to their chosen nonprofits. That represents almost one-third of all contributions made on El Paso Giving Day.
The following nonprofits raised the most money during El Paso Giving Day:
- United Way of El Paso County: $12,421
- El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank: $7,160
- The Junior League of El Paso, Inc.: $7,055
The following nonprofits were donated to most frequently during El Paso Giving Day:
- El Paso Leadership Academy: 129 total gifts
- Center Against Sexual and Family Violence: 111 total gifts
- Carambola Community Music: 83 total gifts
To see how other local nonprofits performed, visit ElPasoGivingDay.org and click on the “Leaderboard” tab.
El Paso Giving Day is an initiative of the Paso del Norte Charitable Foundation and was brought to the community by sponsors including The Meadows Foundation, El Paso Electric Company, the Hunt Family Foundation and Southwest Land Development Services, Inc.