The public will have the opportunity to influence local education starting Wednesday. All it will take is a donation to the North Platte Community College Foundation.
The NPCC Foundation is one of many nonprofits participating in North Platte Giving Day on May 3. The 24-hour event gives people a chance to contribute financially to their favorite charitable causes in Lincoln County.
"We are thrilled to be a part of this year's North Platte Giving Day," said Bonnie Kruse, the college's area director of Institutional Advancement. "This truly is a 'give where you live' campaign that can have a major impact on education at North Platte Community College."
The focus of the NPCC Foundation is on promoting and supporting college projects and activities in the following areas: student scholarships/grants, facilities, faculty and staff needs and program development efforts - including equipment and related items.
"When people give to the NPCC Foundation, they directly support programs and services that benefit students," said Kruse. "A donation signals support for student success."
Donating to the foundation is easy with a smartphone or computer. Online contributions will be accepted beginning Wednesday, April 26, at northplattegivingday.org.
Those who would like to make a donation, simply have to select the NPCC Foundation from the Education category on the website, then type in how much they would like to give.
Checks will also be accepted at the following locations in North Platte: Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation, Senior Center, Prairie Arts Center, North Platte Catholic Schools Endowment Trust and U-Save Pharmacy.
The minimum donation amount is $20, but there's no maximum gift limit. People can give to as many nonprofits as they would like. Donations are tax deductible as charitable contributions.
The nonprofits will receive 100 percent of the money allotted to them. As an added bonus, they will have a chance to win cash prizes and qualify for matching funds from sponsors.
A real-time leaderboard on the North Platte Giving Day website will provide updates on the number of donations made. Final results will also be published, however, information about individual donors will not be public.
More information about the fundraiser is available at northplattegivingday.org.