The public will have an opportunity next week to directly impact local education. 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.
The focus of the NPCC Foundation is to promote and support projects and activities at NPCC in the following areas: student scholarships/grants, facilities, faculty and staff needs and program development efforts - including equipment and related items.
According to Carol Bodeen, area director of development for Mid-Plains Community College, the NPCC Foundation plays an important role in the overall development of the college. The foundation's vision is consistent with that of the college in best serving the needs of the students and providing quality educational opportunities for lifelong learning.
"We are so excited to be participating in North Platte's first Giving Day," said Bodeen. "The NPCC Foundation has chosen to allocate donations from North Platte Giving Day to our student emergency fund, which we call the "Angel Fund." The fund will assist students with special, one-time emergency needs, helping them to stay in school and continue on their career paths."
Donating is easy for those who have a credit or debit card and access to the Internet. All they have to do is select the NPCC Foundation from the Education category on the https://northplattegivingday.org/ website, then type in how much they would like the Foundation to receive.
Checks will also be accepted at Giving Day sites in North Platte, including the RSVP/Senior Center, Prairie Arts Center, North Platte Catholic Schools Endowment Trust, St. Pat's High School and Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation.
The minimum donation amount is $20, but there's no maximum gift limit. People can give to as many nonprofits as they would like.
All contributions are fully tax deductible and irrevocable donations to the Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.
The Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation will make payments to each nonprofit organization in five to six weeks after Giving Day - once all transactions have been verified and accounting has been finished.
As charitable contributions, no goods or services may be received by a donor in exchange for donations.
As an added bonus, the nonprofits will have a chance to win prizes and qualify for matching gifts on North Platte Giving Day. During the event, 32 cash prizes will be awarded to nonprofits thanks to generous sponsors.
A real-time leaderboard will keep people updated on the number of gifts and donation totals made throughout the day.
Afterward, the Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation will publish the results of North Platte Giving Day on the event website. Information about individual donors will not be made public.
More information about the fundraiser is available on the Giving Day website, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (308) 534-3315.