Give To Lincoln Day coming May 18

This year, your gifts are even more powerful! 

The sixth annual Give To Lincoln Day is coming up on Thursday, May 18 and is on pace to make the most impact so far.  This 24-hour online event encourages donations to support the organizations and causes that people care about.  .  “We continue to hear from local nonprofits that Give to Lincoln Day serves an important role in increasing not just funding but also awareness of their causes,” said Barbara Bartle, President of Lincoln Community Foundation. “We are honored to host this event that so beautifully advances the culture of philanthropy in our great city.” 


Biggest match fund yet! $350,000 to be shared with local nonprofits. 
Local nonprofits participating in Give to Lincoln Day will benefit from a larger match pool to boost their donations. Each year since Lincoln Community Foundation started Give to Lincoln Day, the match pool has been a motivating factor for donors who want to make the most of their gifts. The match fund increases every donation, making each gift even more meaningful. Every nonprofit organization will receive a proportional share of the match fund, based upon their percentage of the total dollars raised for Give To Lincoln Day. We thank the generous local businesses and families who joined Lincoln Community Foundation in contributing to this fund.

New online fundraising platform designed by local business and local students.

Lincoln Community Foundation tries to use local vendors whenever possible but until now, there were no Lincoln-based online platforms for giving days. Lincoln-based technology company, Firespring, has been working with a student team from the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at UNL to design a new online fundraising platform which will be introduced for 2017 Give To Lincoln Day. This unique collaboration between Firespring and Lincoln Community Foundation will reduce fees and result in nonprofits retaining more of each gift they receive.  


Give Online at starting May 1

Gifts can be made online beginning May 1 and will qualify for Give To Lincoln Day and the match fund. On May 18, from 12 a.m. to 11:59 pm, these donations and all gifts made throughout the day will be shown in real time on the website leaderboard. The minimum donation is $10.


The Lincoln Community Foundation will also receive donations from people who prefer to make their gifts in person at the Foundation office between 8 am and 5 pm on May 18. 

Fun in Tower Square 

The public is encouraged to stop by Tower Square at 13th & P Street on Give to Lincoln Day between 10 am and 2 pm. Many of the participating nonprofits will be there with hands-on activities to enjoy and information about their causes.