GoodGiving Challenge 2019: $1.68 Million Raised for Local Nonprofits!

July 22, 2020Impact Stories, Transformative Philanthropy

The ninth annual GoodGiving Challenge raised $1.68 million for 131 local nonprofits during the week-long online giving campaign that launched on Giving Tuesday. Created and hosted by Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing, the GoodGiving Challenge connected charitable individuals with 131 local nonprofits by providing a convenient online platform,, where donors can learn about the work of the participating organizations and donate to the nonprofits of their choice.

Since its inception in 2011, the GoodGiving Challenge has raised nearly $12 million total for nonprofits. This year, we achieved a 10% increase in funds raised and more than 7,900 donations.

“At Blue Grass Community Foundation, building greater community generosity is a big part of what we do,” said Lauren Parsons, director of strategic initiatives and communications. “The GoodGiving Challenge proves that people respond enthusiastically when you make giving simple, rewarding and fun.”

“Raising $1.68 million in seven days is no small feat,” said Lisa Adkins, Blue Grass Community Foundation president/CEO. “It’s a reflection of the compassion of individual donors who appreciate the good work of the 131 local nonprofits that enhance our quality of life. And it’s a testament to the hard work and creativity of the 131 local nonprofits that participated in the GoodGiving Challenge.”

The 2019 GoodGiving Challenge featured over $440,000 in matching prizes that increased gifts by as much as 50% to 100%. Each day of the Challenge offered opportunities to amplify gifts with matches and prizes.

The success of the 2019 GoodGiving Challenge would not be possible without our underwriters:

The Murry Foundation

Marksbury Family Foundation

Mitchell Family Foundation

Edith D. Gardner Charitable Fund

Additional matching dollars and prizes provided by:

Blue Grass Community Foundation

Clark County Community Foundation

Harrison County Community Fund

Hudson-Ellis Fund


Traditional Bank


The 10th Annual GoodGiving Challenge is scheduled for Tuesday, December 1 through Monday, December 7, 2020. Work is underway to make it the biggest and best yet! If you are interested in sponsoring a match challenge or a Power Hour of giving, contact Lauren Parsons.