Give Joplin Day 2018 raised a final total of $32,013.35 for 18 nonprofit organizations in the Joplin area. The one-day online giving campaign, held July 19, was hosted by Joplin Regional Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
Joplin Regional Community Foundation awarded a total of $4,300 in prizes to agencies with the highest donation amounts and unique donors, including five $200 prizes for most donations raised during a single hour. Connect2Culture earned the $1,000 prize for most money raised, while Boys & Girls Club received the $1,000 prize for online donations. Second-place prizes of $500 were awarded to Joplin NALA for money raised and Joplin Humane Society for online donations. The five challenge hour prizes were awarded to Connect2Culture, Joplin Humane Society, Bright Futures Joplin, Watered Gardens and Boys & Girls Club.
To cap off the event, three $100 prizes were awarded to: Bright Futures, Spirit Award; Pro Musica, Rookie of the Year Award; Watered Gardens, New JRCF Agency Partner Award.
In all, Give Joplin Day generated 167 online gifts to support nonprofit agencies from 109 donors along with offline donations received by the agencies. The average online gift was $72.23. Results for all 18 agencies can be viewed at givejoplin.org.
The agencies with the largest overall totals of donations and prizes were:
1. Connect2Culture ($19,025)
2. Joplin NALA Read ($2,601)
3. Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri ($2,109)
The agencies with the most unique online donors were:
1. Connect2Culture (36) (ineligible for top prize because agencies were limited to one major prize)
2. Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri (22)
3. Joplin Humane Society (16)
Participants for Give Joplin Day 2018 included: Bright Futures Joplin; Boys & Girls Club of SWMO; Circles-Joplin; Community Support Services; Connect2Culture; Crosslines; Downtown Joplin Alliance/Empire Market; Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity; Joplin Family Y; Joplin Humane Society; Joplin NALA Read; Joplin R-VIII Schools Foundation; Joplin Workshops; LovinGrace; Pro Musica; Spiva Center for the Arts; Watered Gardens; and Wildcat Glades.
The Joplin Regional Community Foundation oversees nearly $5.9 million in assets as of March 31, 2018. It is an affiliate of Community Foundation of the Ozarks, which has total assets of about $283 million, as of June 30. The JRCF has distributed more than $38 million back into the area since its inception in 2006.