Give Ozarks 2017 raised a final total of $1,397,147.64 for more than 240 nonprofit agencies across the region.
This final total reflects online gifts, offline donations made at events and activities before or on the May 9 Give Ozarks Day, prizes, and endowment matching funds. The 2017 total is $211,000 more than the final 2016 total of $1,185,806.
In all, Give Ozarks generated 11,260 online gifts to support nonprofit agencies for the third year of the 24-hour fundraising event presented by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and BKD Wealth Advisors. The number of online gifts was comparable to 2016, but the average amount of the online gifts was $60.64, which was about $12 higher than the 2016 average online gift.
Thanks to generous sponsors, participants received $106,500 in prize money. This year’s prizes included three new jackpots of $5,000 each. A complete list of prize winners is available at: giveozarks.org/prizes. In addition, the CFO distributed $100,000 in matching funds to 19 agencies that successfully raised $5,000 or more for endowment funds.
Some other statistics about Give Ozarks:
- Two of the three Jackpot hours were the largest hours for online gifts; the 6-7 p.m. hour for the Ron and Janice Penney Jackpot raised $92,229 with 500 gifts averaging $184.49 each, the largest single hour ever for Give Ozarks; the 8-9 a.m. hour for the BKD Wealth Advisors Jackpot raised $69,647. The three Jackpot winners, based on the dollar amount of online gifts during each of the hours, were: The Summit Preparatory School; Community Partnership of the Ozarks; and Camp Barnabas.
- Nearly 25 percent of donors indicated they were first-time donors to the organization they were supporting. That decreased slightly from 30 percent in previous years, but also reflects that many donors have participated in multiple years.
- The total number of page views for giveozarks.org on May 9 alone was 228,000. More than half of the online traffic took place on mobile devices for the first time.
The CFO has been proud to partner on Give Ozarks with Mostly Serious, a Springfield-based web development company that built and maintains the crowdfunding platform. Mostly Serious team members worked side by side with CFO staff throughout Give Ozarks Day to ensure a smooth, secure, uninterrupted technology experience.
Over the three-year Give Ozarks initiative, donations, prizes and matching funds exceed $3.6 million. That includes more than $735,000 in permanently endowed funds that will support nonprofit sustainability in perpetuity. In addition to the financial results, the CFO accomplished goals such as creating awareness among nonprofits about online crowdfunding and celebrating the important role of nonprofits and philanthropy across the region.
Along with the CFO and BKD Wealth Advisors, the platinum sponsors include The Musgrave Foundation, The Commerce Trust Co./Coover Charitable Foundation, Ron and Janice Penney and Edward Jones, along with a host of Gold, Silver, Bronze and Supporting sponsors detailed at giveozarks.org/sponsors. Media partners include KY3, 105.9 KGBX, 417 Magazine and Pioneer Outdoor.
Founded in 1973, the CFO is a regional public charitable foundation that serves donors, 49 affiliate foundations and more than 600 nonprofit partners and schools.