April 7 was a HUGE day for nonprofits and donors alike in Arkansas thanks to ArkansasGives, a statewide day of giving organized in partnership by the Arkansas Community Foundation and the Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance. The results are in, and semi-final numbers show that in just 12 hours, 14,882 donors gave a total of $4,077,884 to participating Arkansas nonprofits!
The Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches were among the nearly 600 participating nonprofit organizations in Thursday’s ArkansasGives and by the end of the day had raised $25,862 from 110 donors! According to ArkansasGives’ website, the Ranches raised more gifts and more total dollars than any other organization in the North East Region of the state.
“I think the success of ASYR’s ArkansasGives campaign is thanks in part to a generous $5,000 matching gift from the Morris Foundation, which encouraged early gifts by showing our donors that they could double the impact of their support with a gift,” said ASYR Chief Development Officer Matt Cleveland. “That along with the sheer number of Ranch supporters who responded by opening their hearts and sharing their gifts helped the Ranches pull ahead in both categories for our region.”
“We are so grateful for the outpouring of support we felt during ArkansasGives,” said ASYR CEO Nancy Weaver. “From supporters who have been behind us for years offering matching support to individuals who are discovering the good work of the Ranches for the first time through ArkansasGives, thank you! Your gift allows the Ranches to meet the needs of some of Arkansas’s most deserving boys and girls, and we could not do this good work without you!”
“Arkansas consistently ranks in the top 5 to 10 states in per-capita giving,” Cleveland said. “ArkansasGives is another great example our state’s generosity. When Arkansans come together and are well organized and inspired by vision to do good work, we can impact our state in a big way!”
The Ranches wish to thank everyone who took part in ArkansasGives by making a gift and helping spread the word about the Ranches. We also thank the Morris Foundation and the Ross Foundation for their matching gifts that encouraged participation and multiplying the impact of giving on this special day. We also thank the Arkansas Community Foundation and the Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance for their leadership in organizing this event so well for the second year. The Ranches are more than 90% privately funded through donations, so days like ArkansasGives are such great opportunities for the Ranches to rally its supporters behind a giving opportunity that feels great to be a part of.
MANY THANKS from all of us at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches!