Idaho Gives—will you?

By Beth Estopinal

What is it?

Idaho Gives Day is May 1st and we hope you’ll join us in generously supporting the causes that make Idaho great.  This is the second annual event organized by the Idaho Nonprofit Center,  and last year Idahoans came together to raise more than $575,000 for 541 nonprofit causes across Idaho. Donors who give on Idaho Gives Day May 1st will have more than 560 nonprofit organizations with more than 660 causes to choose from when they make their charitable donations. Idaho Nonprofit Center organizers say that marks a 35% increase in nonprofit participation over last year. There are more than 50 nonprofits registered for IdahoGives in the seven Southeastern counties from Blackfoot, Shelley, Chubbuck, Pocatello, Malad and Montpelier. Idaho Gives Day allows nonprofits to elevate their profile, expand their online and social media presence, call attention to the work they’re doing, and raise critical funds.

This 24-hour long event starts at midnight and donations can be made up until 11:59p.m. It takes place online, from a central web site,, where donors can learn about and designate funds to nonprofits of every size in a variety of categories from all over the state. Corporate and individual donors have already contributed $50,000 to a pool from which awards will be distributed to nonprofits through random drawings and day-long contests, allowing organizations and donors to multiply the power of their donations.

Golden Ticket Awards

Random Golden Ticket drawings will be held hourly throughout the day, starting with a drawing at
8:00a.m. for donations received from 7:00-7:59a.m. and ending at 10:00p.m. for donations received
from 9:00-9:59p.m. The donor who made the donation will be announced and the nonprofit
recipient of that donation will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize. During three special hours of the day a “5×5” Golden Ticket drawing will occur. Instead of one $1,000 prize, there will be 5 prizes of $500 each. These drawings will be regionally based, with one going to each of the five regions. The “5×5” drawings will occur at 1:00p.m., 6:00p.m. and 9:00p.m., following the 12:00-12:59p.m., 5:00-5:59p.m. and 8:00-8:59p.m. giving hours. The more often a nonprofit receives a donation throughout the day, the more chances they have to win one of these additional gifts. Check the Idaho Gives website for hourly announcements of the winners.

How you can help?

Individuals or businesses can follow Idaho Gives on Facebook and Twitter, visit on May 1 to donate $10 or more to the nonprofit of their choice, then share who they donated to and ask or challenge friends to contribute too.  Area businesses can also help by utilizing their reader boards to advertise IdahoGives, setting up a giving station on May 1 in their store or business lobby to simplify giving (all you need is a computer with internet connection!), encouraging employees and customers to participate, or challenging another business owner to an employee giving contest.

The “Party Bus”

From 11a.m.-1p.m. on May 1, Idaho Central Credit Union will be hosting a roaming party in their “Green Machine” which will celebrate non-profits in our community.  They will be joined by local media personalities, prominent members of the community such as Chubbuck’s Mayor Kevin England, and the ISU cheerleaders. At approximately 11:30a.m., the tour will stop at SEICCA, 641 N. 8th Ave., where members of the party and public can meet area nonprofit employees or board members to learn what they do, then around Noon the party will move to the parking lot between the Idaho State Journal and Family Services Alliance on S. Arthur Ave. to meet with nonprofits, and will finish at Taysom Rotary Park, located on S. Bannock Hwy. There, Mayor England will read a joint proclamation from himself and Mayor Brian Blad of Pocatello. The public is invited to go to all three locations where they can meet local nonprofit personnel who will be available for questions and to inform them about the work they do right here in Southeastern Idaho. Idaho Central Credit Union will have mobile access to the internet available at each location so donors can give on-site and will also have giving kiosks in every Idaho Central branch in the state.

How do you put a price tag on the life we enjoy in Idaho?

Think about all the great things our local nonprofits make possible each and every day:

·       Enriching after-school activities for kids

·       Great outdoor spaces

·       Arts and cultural events and institutions

·       Support for animals

·       Care for the less fortunate

·       Help for seniors

The best thing about Idaho Gives is that when we join together to support nonprofits, our dollars go farther. To support your favorite nonprofit or find a new cause to give to, visit On May 1st, Idaho Gives–will you?

Idaho Gives is sponsored by Idaho Central Credit Union, PacificSource Health Plans and the Idaho National Laboratory. For more information, go to, or look for Idaho Gives on Facebook and Twitter.