May 3, 2016 (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Starting in the 11:00 a.m. hour this morning, the national online giving platform KIMBIA, through which Midlands Gives donations are processed, began experiencing severe issues due to high usership nationwide across more than 50 cities’ giving days that are using KIMBIA. Central Carolina Community Foundation has devised two solutions to this issue.
1. Midlands Gives will be extended until 12pm tomorrow, May 4, 2016. Donations will be accepted until 12pm on May 4, 2016 at www.midlandsgives.org.
2. In addition to extended hours for Midlands Gives, an alternate giving website has been built, where donors can make donations online today. This second website page will be accessible via www.YourFoundation.org. Click on the “Midlands Gives” button, and then use the special “Wufoo” web form to give to the nonprofits of your choice. Donations can be made to one charity per transaction. To donate to multiple charities, donors should repeat the process for each nonprofit.
Power hours from 2pm on have been rescheduled. These power hours now will be held today, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. as well as tomorrow, May 4, at 5:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Aflac Match Minute Prizes
Donations of $100 that were made at noon that did get processed will be honored as part of the Aflac Match Minute prize. The regularly scheduled 5pm Aflac Match Minute will award up to 200 matching gifts, to total up to $20,000, encompassing qualifying gifts of $100 made at 12:00 p.m. and at 5:00 p.m.
SCE&G Energize Prize
SCE&G has generously agreed to donate its $30,000 prize with no restrictions. This prize had been dependent upon donations reaching $1 million by 5:00 p.m. SCE&G has a deep understanding of what happens during major system outages, and the company is very sympathetic to our regional nonprofit community during this time.
Participating nonprofits with matching funds have been encouraged to reach out to their matching donors and supporters to update them on the contingency plan extending Midlands Gives to 12:00 p.m.
Midlands Gives in Detail
In its third year, Midlands Gives – hosted by Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Midlands’ expert on philanthropy – serves as a hub for donors to give online to 383 local nonprofits in the 11 Midlands counties served by the Foundation. In 2015, Midlands Gives raised an astonishing $1,543,032.65, via 11,372 individual gifts, toward 251 nonprofits. In 2014, the event’s inaugural year, $704,932.23 was raised, via 5,186 individual gifts, toward 150 nonprofits. Midlands Gives is one of almost 100 giving days that will be taking place in cities across America as part of Give Local America; in 2015, Midlands Gives ranked 7th in the nation in number of individual gifts.
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About Midlands Gives:
Midlands Gives is an annual 24-hour online giving challenge for local nonprofits, presented by Central Carolina Community Foundation. This year’s event will take place on May 3, 2016. For more information about Midlands Gives, visit www.midlandsgives.org or call 803-254-5601.
About Central Carolina Community Foundation:
Central Carolina Community Foundation – the Midlands’ expert on philanthropy – is a nonprofit organization serving 11 counties in the Midlands by distributing grants and scholarships and linking the resources of donors, nonprofits and area leaders to communities in need. Major initiatives include the Midlands Gives 24-hour giving challenge, Connected Communities grants, the One SC Flood Relief Fund, the Best of Philanthropy Awards, annual scholarships and more. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.yourfoundation.org or call 803.254.5601.