Gem State Roundup

More than 650 Idaho nonprofits could use your help. Here’s how to donate during Idaho Gives.

By: - April 29, 2021 4:10 am

(Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)

Starting today, Idahoans can donate to more than 650 charities and nonprofits throughout the state through Idaho Gives, the Gem State’s largest online fundraising event each year.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and an increased need for nonprofits statewide, the donation window will remain open for a week from April 29 through May 6.

Donors can sign on to and select nonprofits by searching for a specific entity, searching geographically or searching by type of cause. Nonprofits include anything from the Idaho Humane Society to the Idaho chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers to the Elmore County Domestic Violence Council and nearly everything in between.

Eligible organizations are 501(c)(3) nonprofits headquartered or providing services in Idaho and are registered with the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office, according to the Idaho Gives website.

Monetary prizes will also provide an extra boost in funding for nonprofits based on size of the organization, timing of donations throughout the week, the geographic location of donors and other factors.

The event, which began in 2013, raised a record-setting $3.9 million last year from more than 18,000 donors.

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Christina Lords
Christina Lords

Christina Lords is the editor-in-chief of the Idaho Capital Sun and has been a professional journalist covering local and state government since graduating from the University of Idaho in 2009. A Pocatello native, Lords is a fifth-generation Idahoan who served as a reporter at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and the Post Register in Idaho Falls and served as assistant editor for the Idaho Press in Nampa. She also led the Idaho Statesman in Boise for two years before turning to nonprofit journalism.