Midlands Gives Day, the annual 18-hour, online giving challenge hosted by Central Carolina Community Foundation, raised a record-breaking $3,734,986 via 19,534 individual gifts. The ninth annual online day of giving took place May 3, and supported 540 local nonprofits — the most nonprofits in Midlands Gives history. To view the 2022 leaderboard of gifts and prizes, visit www.MidlandsGives.org/Leaderboards.

“The generosity displayed during Midlands Gives Day was inspiring,” said JoAnn Turnquist, president and CEO of Central Carolina Community Foundation. “We are grateful to the thousands of everyday philanthropists who came together to invest in our community by supporting local nonprofit organizations.”

Nonprofits — ranging from health and human services to youth development, education and more — participated in Midlands Gives.

Nine Years and More Than $19.7 Million Raised

Since the inception of Midlands Gives in 2014, the Community Foundation has raised more than $19.7 million dollars for hundreds of local nonprofits in the Community Foundation’s 11-county service area: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda and Sumter.

Each year, thousands of everyday philanthropists support the positive impact nonprofits have on the region’s well-being.

One hundred percent of each contribution, less a 2.2 percent credit card fee and a 2.8 percent Neon One technology fee, will go directly to the donor’s selected nonprofit. Donors have the option to cover these fees at checkout. The Community Foundation does not receive any fees from Midlands Gives.

Gifts Go Further with $200,000 in Prize Incentives

In Good Company Network Members — including Dominion Energy, Aflac, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Southeastern Freight Lines, Truist and more — provided financial incentives, matching gifts and prizes for nonprofits May 3, amplifying individuals’ contributions of $10 or more. Additionally, many nonprofits secured matching gifts from donors throughout the community. The impact of individuals’ contributions of $10 or more will be amplified through these sponsored prize incentives and matching funds. The full list of prizes can be found at www.MidlandsGives.org/Prizes.

“Our In Good Company Network of business partners inspired giving with more than $200,000 in prize incentives offered throughout our giving day,” said Turnquist. “The philanthropic investments made by these firms and corporations strengthen our community, promote unity and boost the local economy. We are grateful for their support.”

Early Giving Donations Count Toward Leaderboard Totals

The Community Foundation opened early giving for Midlands Gives April 1, allowing a full month of early gifts to count toward Midlands Gives Day leaderboard totals. More than $840,000 was raised in advance of the giving day.

Midlands Gives Year-Round Giving Resumes May 9

The Midlands Gives website transformed into a year-round platform in 2019 to amplify and extend the reach of the one-day, online giving challenge, allowing nonprofits to connect with donors throughout the entire year. The platform will reopens for year-round giving May 9.
The platform includes features such as recurring gifts and Fundraising Pages. Recurring gifts allow donors to automatically give to a selected nonprofit monthly, while Fundraising Pages allow donors to leverage their personal networks to support a specific nonprofit. For more information, visit www.MidlandsGives.org/Fundraising.