On Tuesday, May 3, 2016, The Spartanburg County Foundation hosted and facilitated the second annual Support Spartanburg County – an online giving day event from midnight to 11:59 p.m. EST. Support Spartanburg County raised $365,700 in unrestricted funds, increasing the 2015 giving day total by nearly $40,000. The funds raised through this online crowdfunding event will benefit the 78 participating organizations by furthering their missions and addressing Spartanburg County’s most pressing needs.
Support Spartanburg County was held in conjunction with a national giving day hosted by Give Local America. Giving days across the country experienced technical difficulties throughout the 24-hour online event. The Spartanburg County Foundation responded to the technical glitches and provided alternative giving methods to donors in support of the 78 participating nonprofit organizations, such as taking credit card donations through its website, accepting checks, and extending the giving period to May 4th at noon.
While technical glitches were unplanned on the national level, donors continued to support the participating organizations, raising unrestricted funds to help further the impact of these nonprofits in Spartanburg County.
“We are pleased with the outcome of the 2016 Support Spartanburg County giving day. Not only did the community rally around nonprofits, the day brought both awareness and an innovative philanthropic opportunity that increased fundraising networks and helped build capacity and sustainability for participating organizations,” said Troy Hanna, President & CEO of The Spartanburg County Foundation.