Tompkins County, NY, May 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The fifth annual Giving is Gorges, a 24-hour online fundraising give-a-thon supporting Tompkins County, will rally local nonprofits and their donors beginning at midnight on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. The goal of Giving is Gorges is to unite community members around important causes, provide support to local nonprofit organizations, and celebrate the spirit of philanthropy in Tompkins County and surrounding areas. This year, Giving is Gorges will be hosting a live kick-off event in Press Bay Alley on June 12 from 9 AM to 2 PM. This event is free and open to the public, providing a new opportunity for residents to come together and celebrate all of the nonprofits building a stronger Tompkins County for all. Giving is Gorges is powered by GiveGab, an Ithaca-based online fundraising platform, with financial sponsorship from Visions Federal Credit Union, and support from The Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Finger Lakes Chapter. New this year, financial sponsor Visions Federal Credit Union will be generously covering all online processing fees to ensure that nonprofits receive 100% of donations. “Our goal is to provide the greatest positive impact we can. We’re overjoyed to support a community that supports us by making sure 100 percent of donations go directly to these local nonprofits,” Visions President and CEO Ty Muse said. In addition, support from local business sponsors is expected to make this years’ prize pool available for participating nonprofits the most robust in the history of this local Giving Day. Last year, Giving is Gorges rallied together 934 donors who contributed over $89,000 to 72 participating nonprofit organizations in just a single day, with more donations coming in after the day was over. In total, Giving is Gorges has raised over $400,000 from its four annual events. “Ithaca is the best place I have ever lived. Giving is Gorges is a celebration of everything that helped me to fall in love with this town. I am so thrilled for the opportunity to bring our awesome local nonprofits together for a day to celebrate philanthropy in our community and to help our community continue to thrive through nonprofit engagement,” said Verdie Culbreath, Project Manager for Giving is Gorges. If you are looking to empower the nonprofit missions in Tompkins County, mark your calendars for June 12, 2019, to make a donation through the Giving is Gorges website and attend the kick-off event at Press Bay Alley. If you’re a nonprofit looking to boost your annual fundraising initiatives, register to participate in Giving is Gorges at GivingisGorges.org before June 3. Together, let’s make Giving is Gorges 2019 a phenomenal event! About Giving is Gorges: Established in 2015 by a collaborative group, the mission of Giving Is Gorges is to unite community members around important causes and help local organizations multiply their resources. About GiveGab: GiveGab is the Nonprofit Giving Platform, providing a quick and easy way for fundraising professionals to raise money online. Designed for cause-based organizations, community foundations, higher education institutions, and public media outlets, GiveGab offers a complete suite of products and services that have helped over 35,000 nonprofits raise more than $1.5 billion through everyday giving, campaigns, events, Giving Days, and more. About Visions Federal Credit Union: Visions is a not-for-profit credit union that offers a complete line of financial products to help reach life goals, from basic savings and checking to retirement planning and investment guidance. Their commitment to people applies to personal finance as well as public service.
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