Idaho Gives breaks record, passes fundraising goal

Mark Johnson shows us how easy it is to donate to your favorite local charity on Idaho Gives 2017.

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BOISE - Idaho Gives broke a record Thursday, raising a total of $1,344,036 for 628 Idaho nonprofits.

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands received the most money, with $40,555. The Idaho Humane Society claimed the most unique donors, with 555 people chipping in to raise $26,597.58.

Last year, Idahoans donated roughly $1 million dollars to more than 800 nonprofits and charities for Idaho Gives, a 24-hour fundraising event. The year before, it was about $1.1 million - a record for the statewide fundraiser.

This year's Idaho Gives is set for Thursday, May 4 from midnight to midnight. All donations go through the Idaho Gives website, where you can search hundreds of local nonprofits. You can even schedule your donation in advance.

Now in its fifth year, Idaho Gives passed its previous fundraising record and exceeded its $1.2 million goal Thursday night - with plenty of time left before the donation deadline.

Last year's big winners included Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, which gathered around $32,000 in donations, claiming the top spot among large nonprofits. Meanwhile, The Idaho Humane Society attracted the highest amount of donors, with 358 people giving more than $19,400.

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