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"Give Grande New Mexico" Raising Money for More Than 400 Nonprofits

PHOTO: Today's "Give Grande New Mexico" fundraiser could raise millions of dollars to benefit several hundred nonprofit organizations. Photo courtesy Give Grande New Mexico.
PHOTO: Today's "Give Grande New Mexico" fundraiser could raise millions of dollars to benefit several hundred nonprofit organizations. Photo courtesy Give Grande New Mexico.
May 6, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Today's "Give Grande New Mexico" fundraiser could raise millions of dollars to benefit several hundred nonprofits across New Mexico. Luan Wagner with the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico says the event is the first of its kind in this state, and is part of a national effort marking the 100th anniversary of the first community foundation being formed.

"Thirty-two other states have been doing a statewide giving day since about 2008, and they've been able to raise from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars for their nonprofits," Wagner explains.

All funds donated online at www.givegrandenm.org will help fund the operations of the designated nonprofit, she says. Basically, you go to the website before 11:59 p.m. tonight and select which nonprofit(s) you want to support. The minimum donation is $10.

Wagner says the organizations involved in "Give Grande New Mexico" work in nearly every sector of the community.

"We have here, locally, 38 of those nonprofit partners who are doing things ranging from arts and animal welfare to positive youth development focused on the environment, science literacy, after-school programs and mentoring programs."

Wagner says the goal is to raise as much money as possible today. She offers the example of Colorado's first "give day," which raised about $5 million but grew to $15 million by the third such event.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NM