Lowcountry lifted with more than 2 million raised for nonprofits
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- During just 24 hours, more than 6,600 people showed their generosity to almost 100 nonprofits and now those gifts will get a more than little boost with matching gifts.The Coastal Community Foundation's Lift the Lowcountry campaign ran from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. May 6 alongside a national donation drive. When the clock struck midnight, 6,677 gifts totaling $2,494,023.13 were given locally. The Give Local America campaign raised 39,859,730.The donation tally was updated online as the day progressed, with nonprofits playing leap frog with their totals on the live leaderboard. In the end, The top three groups were the Charleston Symphony Orchestra with $132,236, The Charleston Animal Society with $122,039, and Spoleto Festival USA with $105,282.The Charleston Symphony Orchestra sent a thank you to supporters via email in the final hours, saying the money raised with go to keep the CSO doing what it does best, "delivering performances of the highest caliber to 30,000 people as well as providing nearly 18,000 young people each year with impactful educational programming in the Charleston area and beyond."The Charleston Animal society, however, has a more specific goal in mind. Their funds will go towards building a new kitten nursery for the shelter.Spoleto Festival USA officials said donations are needed to fund the logistics behind the arts festival, including housing for the performers.The totals seen Wednesday morning don't include the generous matching gifts. Once those matches are made, the total raised will be close to four million dollars.The next step for the CCF is to verify all gifts and incentives for the organizations. They say that should be done by the end of the month. Final numbers will be announced then.To see the complete leaderboard and how your favorite nonprofit fared, click here.