Coastal Community Foundation Announces Lowcountry Giving Day 2015 Results

Second year of crowdfunding event raises $6.8 million with widened participation, national recognition

CHARLESTON, S.C. May 21, 2015 – Coastal Community Foundation, a grantmaking institution dedicated to serving coastal South Carolina, today announced the final results from its second Lowcountry Giving Day, hosted May 5th. The event raised a total of $6,797,186.41 for 179 nonprofits across eight counties from 14,234 gifts in just 24 hours.
“Lowcountry Giving Day succeeded thanks to the enormous generosity of all those who contributed to the $6.8 million raised throughout the day,” explained Richard Hendry, Interim CEO of Coastal Community Foundation. “Our community’s shared enthusiasm helped raise the tide for the Lowcountry’s nonprofit sector across all areas of charitable work. With the help of thousands of supporters, everybody won on May 5th”.
Facilitated by Coastal Community Foundation, Lowcountry Giving Day was made possible by dozens of generous donors who contributed $2.8 million in advance to incentivize giving on May 5th. Coastal Community Foundation raised the second-highest amount of any community foundation participating in Give Local America, a national partnership of giving days hosted May 5th-6th that raised $68.5 million this year.
Key results from Lowcountry Giving Day 2015 include:

  • $6,797,186.41 was raised in a single day.
  • 179 nonprofits participated from eight counties across coastal South Carolina.
  • Gifts were made from South Carolina, 48 other states, 3 foreign countries, 1 U.S. territory and 1 U.S. military base.
  • $5,064.67 was raised per minute during the peak donation hour of 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
  • 27.4% of donations were reported by donors as first-time gifts to the chosen organization.

Lowcountry Giving Day is a 24-hour online fundraising event designed to empower donors to support their favorite local causes and organizations right here in the Lowcountry. The inaugural event in 2014 raised more than $4 million for 93 nonprofits.
Coastal Community Foundation will announce plans for 2016 this September at www.coastalcommunityfoundation.org. Nonprofits interested in learning more may submit questions to givingday@coastalcommunityfoundation.org. Community members interested in participating as incentivizing donors should contact Steffanie Dohn, Director of Development, at steffanie@coastalcommunityfoundation.org.

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