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Giving Tuesday CLT raises $7.2 million for local nonprofits

Volunteers make 1,800 sandwiches for the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte in this photo from September 2015. The shelter is among 170 local nonprofits that benefit from the #GivingTuesdayCLT campaign.
Volunteers make 1,800 sandwiches for the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte in this photo from September 2015. The shelter is among 170 local nonprofits that benefit from the #GivingTuesdayCLT campaign. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

A two-week Giving Tuesday campaign raised $7.2 million for Charlotte area nonprofits, campaign organizers announced Tuesday.

“I am overwhelmed by the generosity of our Queen City,” said Kelly Brooks, founder of the nonprofit SHARE Charlotte, which launched #GivingTuesdayCLT three years ago. “We all needed something good to rally around, and the fact that so many wonderful nonprofits benefited is the true meaning of it all.”

Donors could choose to give – and still can – to any of 170 local nonprofits at SHAREcharlotte.org. All donations go straight to the organization of the donor’s choice.

Organizers announced the results at Unknown Brewing Co. on Tuesday morning. At the announcement were NASCAR champion driver Jeff Gordon, Mayor Jennifer Roberts, Wells Fargo’s Kristi Thomas, Google Fiber’s Jess George, Jamie McDonald of the national Giving Tuesday team and Brooks.

Campaign highlights included:

▪ Campaign co-presenting sponsor Wells Fargo created a Give Good Fund of $250,000, a bonus to nonprofits that raised financial donations.

▪ Bojangles’ hosted a SHARE night and donated more than $2,000 to the #GivingTuesdayCLT general fund.

▪ Tech Talent South donated a scholarship for a code-immersion class worth $4,750 to a beneficiary of Florence Crittendon Services., which provides health, education and social services to at-risk and pregnant adolescents.

▪ The Red Boot Coalition exceeded its initial goal of $30,000 in a campaign led by intern Julia Dorn.

▪ OrthoCarolina gave $1,000 in matching funds to six nonprofits.

▪ Girls on the Run raised more than $14,000 – enough to support five teams of full scholarship girls at CMS Title I schools.

▪ Brixx Wood Fired Pizza donated $3 for every Rustica pizza sold during the campaign, totaling $2,500 to the general fund.

▪ The Isabella Santos Foundation exceeded its goal of $25,000, allowing the foundation to add a business development professional to its team. Over the last six years, the foundation has donated over $1 million for neuroblastoma research and other children’s cancer charities.

▪ Redeeming Joy was able to begin furnishing its new 5,000-square-foot home. Redeeming Joy provides a place to heal for sexually exploited females.

▪ Jeff Gordon’s Children’s Foundation raised more than $175,000 toward pediatric cancer research.

▪ Five yoga studios offered #GivingTuesdayCLT karma classes to benefit various campaign nonprofits.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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