Donors support local nonprofits during inaugural Alabama Gives Day
by Jennifer Cohron
Feb 04, 2012 | 689 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
More than $743,000 was generated for nonprofit organizations during Thursday’s Alabama Gives Day, the state’s first one-day virtual fundraiser.

Camp McDowell received the most online support of all the locally-based nonprofits who participated.

The Episcopal Church camp and conference center in Nauvoo received $1,360 from 31 donors.

Development director Danielle Dunbar said she enjoyed the opportunity to spread the word about Camp McDowell while also reconnecting with former campers and financial supporters.

“They love Camp but maybe hadn’t thought about it in a while. They gave so generously. It was really inspiring,” Dunbar said.

Some of the donations were earmarked for specific purposes by the givers.

The rest of the funding will be used to provide scholarships for summer camp, a summer session for special needs individuals, McDowell Environmental Center and the Alabama Folk School.

The Walker Area Community Foundation received $1,005 from 13 online donors Thursday. However, WACF’s total for Alabama Gives Day was $3,575.

Members of the young professionals group Project Community made the additional donations during their quarterly meeting held at the Bankhead House Thursday evening.

WACF president Paul Kennedy said Alabama Gives Day brought some well-deserved exposure to the state’s nonprofit community.

“They’re at work 12 months out of the year,” Kennedy said.