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2023 GoodGiving Challenge: 13 Lucky Years of Cheer + Generosity

December 3, 2023Transformative Philanthropy

Our amazing community of givers once again rallied in support of local nonprofits during the 13th annual GoodGiving Challenge, raising nearly $2.7 million for 195 local nonprofits in just four days!

Created and hosted by Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing, the GoodGiving Challenge is all about connecting charitable individuals, families and businesses with local nonprofits. The magic happens through matching incentives and online giving platform at www.BGgives.org, where donors can give to multiple
organizations at once. The year-over-year success of the Challenge proves when giving is made simple, rewarding, and fun, people respond with enthusiasm!

Lisa Adkins, president/CEO of Blue Grass Community Foundation, shares, “Building greater community generosity is at the heart of what we do. The GoodGiving Challenge is just one way we demonstrate that being philanthropic is impactful and rewarding, no matter whether you are giving $10,000 or $10.”

Celebrating Thirteen Years and $23 Million Raised!

Since its start in 2011, the GoodGiving Challenge has raised $23 million for local nonprofits. With over 11,700 gifts made, 13th Annual GoodGiving Challenge raised $2.5 million, supporting 195 local nonprofits across 14 counties in Central and Appalachia Kentucky. From health and human services to education and youth development,
there was a cause for everyone to champion. “Raising $2.67 million in just four days was the perfect way to end 2023,” said Lauren Parsons, director of strategic initiatives and communications at Blue Grass Community Foundation. “We’re thankful for the thousands of givers who rallied in support of these hardworking nonprofits
so they can continue providing vital services across our communities.”

Highlighting the Stars: Community Response Coalition of Kentucky, Inc.

This year’s top fundraising charity was Community Response Coalition of Kentucky, Inc., raising an impressive $71,427.73, including matches and prizes. Dominique Olbert, president of CRCKY’s board of directors, shares, “CRCKY is deeply grateful for the GoodGiving Challenge. It is a profoundly powerful way for small nonprofits to
become better known and expand their fundraising, with relatively little expense and time. The GoodGiving Challenge has been truly transformational for CRCKY, allowing
us to fund new programs and staffing.”

Matches and Prizes: Amplifying the Impact

“The 2023 GoodGiving Challenge featured over $700,000 in matching prizes that increased gifts by as much as 50% to 100%,” said Adkins. “The Challenge wouldn’t have the impact it does without our funding partners.”

Each day the Challenge offered multiple opportunities to amplify gifts with matches and prizes, thanks to sponsors like Independence Bank. Stacy Schanher Berge, Independence Bank’s Lexington President, says “BGCF’s mission aligns with Independence Bank’s motto of ‘Here for Good,’ so we knew right away we wanted to support the GoodGiving Challenge, and we wanted to make it fun! Our team enjoyed collaborating with BGCF to design a creative game of Plinko that awarded a prize to a nonprofit assisting with fundamental human needs. The GoodGiving Challenge is a great way to support local nonprofits and spread the spirit of generosity, and have fun doing it!”

Looking ahead, mark your calendars for the 14th Annual GoodGiving Challenge, set to take place from Giving Tuesday, December 3 – Friday, December 6. Registration for the 2024 GoodGiving Challenge opens on June 1. Area nonprofits eager to participate can find more information at bgcf.org/goodgivingchallenge.

If you’re interested in incentivizing giving through sponsorship or other funding opportunities, reach out to BGCF President/CEO Lisa Adkins. Let’s continue spreading cheer, making a positive impact, and building a stronger, more generous community together!