Essential Info About the Giving Challenge

The 2018 Giving Challenge kicks off May 1. Here's everything you need to know—plus all the numbers from the last Giving Challenge, which took place in 2016.

By Ashley Cooper April 27, 2018 Published in the May 2018 issue of Sarasota Magazine

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May 1-2

Dates of this year’s Giving Challenge, a 24-hour online fund-raising campaign presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County


Number of participating Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto County nonprofits


Number of nonprofits that participated in 2016


Number of states of participating donors in 2016, as well as Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, Marshall Islands, Micronesia and three U.S. military bases/naval vessels in Europe


Number of countries of participating donors in 2016, from all continents except Antarctica

$13.4 million 

Amount raised during the most recent Giving Challenge in 2016

$2.4 million 

Amount raised in 2012, the year the Giving Challenge began

Over $28 Million 

Total Raised Since 2012


Number of individual donations in 2016


Number of individual donations in 2012

$50,000: Largest Single Donation Received in 2016

Gifted to Roskamp Institute 

Honor Animal Rescue

Nonprofit with most donations in 2016, with 1,313 donations totaling $100,171

To donate on May 1-2, visit

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