Fayette County

GoodGiving Guide Challenge raises $1.3 million for Central and Eastern Kentucky charities

Thanks to an online campaign, $1.3 million will go to 115 nonprofits in Eastern and Central Kentucky.

The money is the result of Blue Grass Community Foundation’s 2015 GoodGiving Guide Challenge, which ran from Nov. 31 through Dec. 31.

Lisa Adkins, Blue Grass Community Foundation president and CEO, said the challenge is a way to help local charities capitalize on the simplicity of online fundraising, made popular by Gofundme and Kickstarter.

The foundation hosts an online portal of local and regional nonprofits, where potential donors can learn about and choose individual groups to give to.

God’s Pantry Food Bank raised $42,697, the most among the 115 nonprofits included. The Child Care Council of Kentucky Inc. raised the least — $45.

Adkins said her group, mainly funded by service fees from nonprofits, helps raise their profiles for larger audiences. She said this year, donations came from 44 states and six countries, including Thailand, Belgium and Bermuda.

“People all over the globe have an affinity for the Bluegrass,” she said.

The group has raised more than $5 million for area charities since 2010. The 2014 GoodGiving Guide Challenge raised more than $1.77 million.