More than $3 million was raised for El Paso nonprofits during Paso del Norte Community Foundation’s El Paso Giving Day.
The initiative, which is in its fourth year, raises money for more than 180 nonprofit organizations. This year, Walmart announced it would match up to $1 million in donations to the local organizations. That goal was met on the first day of a week long early giving period.
A $3 million goal was set Nov. 8, after it was announced more than $1.5 million was raised for local nonprofits on initiative’s first day. Early giving began Nov. 7 and El Paso Giving Day was Thursday.
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During a Friday news conference, the foundation’s CEO Tracy Yellen said $3.16 million was raised this year. There were nearly 3,400 donors, she said.
“Before 12 o’clock that day (Nov. 7) we had hit the million mark,” Yellen said. “And donations continued to come in all week until we reached that … $3.16 million at midnight last night. So, Thank you to Walmart. Thank you to El Paso and our nonprofit organizations. And thank you to so many generous donors in our community.”
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Last year more than $402,000 was raised during El Paso Giving day, according to the foundation.
Thursday marked the start of a new initiative, El Paso Giving Time, which encourages El Pasoans to donate their time to local organizations.
Walmart is awarding up to $500,000 through the new El Paso Giving Time initiative. Walmart is donating $5 for each hour community members volunteer between Nov. 15 and Dec. 31, and $10 for every hour Walmart employees volunteer
“… We’re showing the world how a community can come together and how a community can do things for others,” said County Judge Ricardo Samaniego.
Volunteer opportunities, including a county parks clean up day on Saturday, are listed online at elpasogiving.givepulse.com.
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Eleanor Dearman covers the Texas Capitol and politics for the USA TODAY Network Austin Bureau and the El Paso Times. She may be reached at 361-244-0047; email@example.com; @EllyDearman on Twitter.