COLUMBUS, Ga — Each year, the Georgia Center for Nonprofits sponsors a campaign where charities across the state compete to see which can raise the most money. In the last 24 hours of the Georgia Gives fundraising efforts, it’s the Chattahoochee Valley’s own National Infantry Museum that is leading the pack in total donor contributions.
The National Infantry Museum: We know it as America’s number one free museum according to USA Today. But did you know that it also tops the list of charities donors give to through Georgia Gives?
“We’ve been number one, I think, four out of the last five years,” says Jane Bayer, Director of Development at the National Infantry Museum.
Katherine Santos, herself a veteran, sees why the museum receives so much positive attention and donor support.
“What I like most about it is they’re very detail-oriented in their descriptions with the exhibits. So, if you have any questions, feel free to ask any of the volunteers who work here,” says Santos.
One thing that’s different about the Georgia Gives campaign is that it’s no longer a one day campaign. Instead, it’s become a month long effort.
This year’s donation times began October 17, officially ending this Thursday, November 17. So far, the National Infantry Museum has collected about $90,000 of its more than $300,000 goal.
However, museum officials say they’re not discouraged. They often see a boost in giving in the last day or two of the campaign.
“We have a lot that come in that day. We have great donors here at the museum, great supporters who truly believe in our mission and are so willing to help out,” says Bayer.
That mission, Bayer says, is to honor soldiers past, present, and future, recognizing their valor and sacrifice.
If you are interested in finding out more about charities participating in the campaign, please visit the Georgia Gives Day website.