SIOUX CITY -- Siouxlanders pledged nearly $105,000 for more than 100 local nonprofit groups during a one-day fundraising blitz Tuesday.
The first-ever Siouxland Big Give matched donors with local charitable causes. Online and in-person donations totaled $104,966.05 from 1,538 contributors, according to preliminary numbers.
“We are so excited to have raised over $100,000 for these nonprofits," said Renee Beaulieu, board president of the Siouxland Community Foundation, which spearheaded the fundraiser. "Siouxland will benefit from these generous donors. Great projects will move forward because of this event.”
Coming out on top of the leader board was Bishop Heelan High School with $14,714 in pledges toward furnishing the Sioux City school's new gymnasium.
"Supporting a dedicated day of giving says a lot about the heart of a community, said Janet Flanagan, director of special gifts for Heelan. “It was exciting to watch the numbers continually grow during our Big Give day. When we all support each other in the community great things can happen.”
Other organizations that topped the Big Give day included performing arts, animals and services for the needy.
The Siouxland Foundation accepts charitable gifts from individuals, families, private foundations and businesses who use the foundation to handle their charitable giving. It also annually awards scholarships and community grants.
“We wanted to do something to give back to the community in honor of 30 years in Siouxland,” Krohn said. “It was a great awareness event to connect people who care with causes that matter.”