Courtesy Community Foundation of Louisville

Louisville was in a giving mood on Thursday as it donated more than $5.4 million to local charities on Give for Good Louisville Day, hosted by the Community Foundation of Louisville.

Nearly 17,000 donors made nearly 28,000 donations to benefit more than 500 local nonprofit organizations throughout southern Indiana and the Louisville metro area. The Community Foundation noted the 2018 total surpassed last year’s record, which raised about $4.6 million.

“This year, the community support around Give For Good Louisville has been shown like never before and we couldn’t be more grateful,” Susan Barry, president and CEO of Community Foundation of Louisville, said in a news release.

“As the host of Give For Good Louisville, the results of this day continue to humble and excite us as we work to help nonprofits build capacity and unite donors with causes close to their hearts. As we celebrate our fifth year, the community continues to join hands for 24 hours to make an incredible statement about compassion, generosity and being a force for good.”

Participating organizations showcased their organizations and celebrated Louisville’s biggest day of giving in a rally at Fourth Street Live.

Simmons College of Kentucky Marching Falcons Band, along with other nonprofit performances, helped contribute to the excitement of the day. Mayor Greg Fischer shared his appreciation for the contributions of the nonprofit sector to the community, and some prize winners were announced.

The Simmons College of Kentucky Marching Falcons Band performed at the midday rally at Fourth Street Live. | Photo by Courtney Paris

The participating nonprofits were eligible for $340,000 in bonus prize money for things such as the first donation over $500, the unique donors between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., unique online donations between 10 and 11:59 p.m. and most creative social media posts.

The top three fundraisers overall

  1. Metro United Way: $333,712
  2. Louisville Collegiate School: $112,920
  3. Smoketown Family Wellness Center: $102, 765

The top three in unique donations

  1. St. Nicholas Academy: 502
  2. Cure CF: 452
  3. Kentucky Humane Society: 430

The Community Foundation of Louisville connect donors, nonprofits and civic partners to create lasting impact in community. Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in Kentucky with more than $530 million in assets and more than 1,600 charitable funds.

(Insider Louisville, which became a nonprofit this year, pulled in $7,566 from 119 donors.)