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Annual Missoula Gives drive surpasses fundraising goal

Posted at 7:09 AM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 09:09:14-04

An annual fundraising event exceeded its goal.

Missoula Gives 2020 reports over 3,200 people donated over $700,000 to help area nonprofits. The event, organized by the Missoula Community Foundation, is a 26-hour online fundraiser that allows Missoula and Ravalli County residents to connect with causes they care about.

The current COVID-19 pandemic prompted the Missoula Community Foundation to create virtual connections featuring a streaming event with storytelling, comedy, interviews, music and more.

“We are blown away! Last year we raised $410,000, this year we raised $767,000!” said Marcy Allen Executive Director of the Missoula Community Foundation, “We hit our goal of $500,000 just before noon with 7 hours to go and didn’t stop there.”

Organizers say while there were 30 fewer participants this year than last, they had 1,000 more individual donors and gifts were nearly doubled from 3,400 last year to 6,700 this year.

“We are a community that cares and our hope is that we can continue to work as a collective to address the challenges we face.” said Allen. “We are so much more powerful together. I am so touched by the generosity that was shown at Missoula Gives this year.”

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak the Missoula Community Foundation has decided to keep Missoula Gives open until the end of the week. People can check out the 138 nonprofits taking part in the event here.