Arizona Gives Day in Southern Arizona - Tucson News Now

Arizona Gives Day in southern Arizona

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Happening now, and continuing until 11:59 p.m., Arizonans can go online to support a local nonprofit in their community, or pledge their financial support to one of the hundreds of participating nonprofits across the state.

Organizers hope to raise $2 million for Arizona nonprofit organizations. As of 4 p.m., the Arizona Gives Day website was reporting that $665,146 had been raised.

It's called Arizona Gives Day and it focuses on giving back to the organizations whose invaluable efforts have helped empower communities and provide services, products and more to those in need.

Jean Williams from Arizona Greyhound Rescue says she is surprised by the results already today. By this morning, more than $600 came in for the nonprofit, which focuses on finding forever homes for greyhound dogs. 

Williams says getting donations this way is great, because the cost to the nonprofit is essentially non-existent. Organizations do not have to make phone calls, or send out mail with postage to ask for donations.

Mikes Holmes from the nonprofit, Imagine Greater Tucson says he, too is surprised by the results, especially considering how easy it was to get involved in Arizona Gives Day.

"It's incredibly difficult to get people to get excited about an idea that is long term," Holmes said about the goals of IGT. Being a part of today's fundraising event not only allows his group to raise money, but it also helps to raise awareness about what IGT does.

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