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Support local causes on Idaho Gives day

Idaho’s largest single day of giving — Idaho Gives — is coming up on Thursday, May 4, and I want to challenge the Meridian community to come together and support local causes that are doing amazing work right here in our own backyards.

Idaho Gives is the only single day of online giving across the state where ANY nonprofit that has signed up to participate can receive donations. And the goal this year is big — really big.

The Idaho Nonprofit Center has set out to raise $1.2 million for Idaho causes! That’s $1 for every adult Idahoan in our state.

This is a chance for nonprofits to increase their donor base, raise awareness for their causes, and most importantly, raise critical funds to continue their work in our communities. And it’s an opportunity for donors like me to make a major impact.

Many people are familiar with Idaho Gives but may not understand the crucial services provided by Idaho nonprofits and how those services affect our community. Idaho has over 7,000 registered nonprofit organizations that bring over $5 billion in revenue to our state. And they provide over 50,000 Idaho jobs.

These organizations support kids, families, seniors, animals, the arts, education, the environment and so much more. Think about concerts or plays you’ve attended recently, or education services provided to your kids, or a 5K you may have participated in — these are all nonprofit organizations that bring immeasurable value to our community, and we must work together to support these organizations and the work they do.

Visit IdahoGives.org and browse the list of participating causes, or search for your favorite nonprofit organization. The simple online giving form will guide you through the process — with proceeds going directly to the organization you choose.

I hope you will join me in supporting all the great nonprofit work done in Idaho during Idaho Gives 2017. Let’s show the rest of the state how strong we are here in Meridian!

—Submitted by Anne Little Roberts, Meridian City Council member and Meridian Chamber of Commerce president and CEO

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