KTVB: Idaho Gives highlights CCG

BOISE -- Hundreds of nonprofits throughout the state are gearing up for a big day - May 7th.

It's the third annual Idaho Gives, when Idahoans can easily donate online to more than 600 causes.

The Idaho Nonprofit Center organizes the event. They say the participating nonprofits must be headquartered in Idaho or a majority of their mission must be in Idaho.

The first year, Idaho Gives raised $578,000, and last year they raised $782,000.

This year, the Idaho Nonprofit Center hopes to increase the number of nonprofits helped and the amount of money raised.

One of the organizations participating is Create Common Good. It was started back in 2008 to help with employment barriers get the training they need to get a job.

Sifa Makelele moved to Idaho from the Congo eight months ago. For the last several moths, she has been learning cooking skills. Create Common Good teaches people with language barriers or financial needs how to be successful in the food service industry or janitorial jobs.

Makelele has a husband and four kids and says she's grateful for the opportunity to grow her career.

"To have these skills makes me better because it improves a lot of things, my experience, I can go another place and practice and that's going to help me," said Makelele.

Last year alone, 70 people were trained through this nonprofit, at a cost of nearly $5,000 each, and 91 percent were placed in jobs.

Kelly Parker, Director of Sales and Community Engagement, says Create Common Good is an organization that can really benefit by reaching donors across the state on Idaho Gives Day.

"The more opportunities like Idaho Gives that we have to get the word out and to use that grassroots system to spread our message, the better and more effective we can be," said Parker.

They're one of 675 causes this year, all listed online and available for donations now, through May 7th.

The Girl Scouts of Silver Sage say last year they raised $15,000 during Idaho Gives. They say it's money that goes directly towards programs and activities, as well as financial assistance, for the girls they serve.

"It's one day when people can realize that in this small population state how many organizations exist to help, it's an incredibly generous state," said CEO Maureen O'Toole.

The Idaho Nonprofit Center organizes the event and hopes it will continue to support those in need.

"It's unique opportunity, it's one day a year that we can really have an impact on a real diverse group of nonprofits," said Tim Olson with the Idaho Nonprofit Center.

Two percent of every donation goes to administration costs and fees, but everything else goes straight to the nonprofit.

You can make a donation on the KTVB app, or by calling our phone bank on May 7th.



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