The Community Foundation of Abilene is joining in on the "National Day of Giving" to raise donations for the 170+ local nonprofit organizations it supports. Abilene Gives typically begins at midnight on the "day of giving" and continues until midnight.

However, this year's day of giving is going to be different. Instead of 24 hours of giving,  the foundation said the giving window will run from 8 am until 8 pm on Tuesday, May 7, 2024. So the question remains...will Abilene give in 12 hours what it gave last year in 24?

Abilene Gives Fundraiser 2024: A Day Of Giving For Local Nonprofits
Photo by: The Community Foundation of Abilene

I believe West Texans and Abilenians are generous people who want to help the over 130 nonprofit organizations that benefit from Abilene Gives. The Community Foundation of Abilene has set a goal of two million dollars in 12 hours.

To donate, go to to find the non-profit you want to support, and donate online. This is a secure website and you can use debit or credit cards. A minimum $10 donation is required. If you'd rather, checks can be dropped off at the Community Foundation's office at 850 North 1st Street.

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The pandemic has cost non-profits thousands of dollars, as a lot of Abilene's charities did not host annual fundraisers. It is important that we all open up our hearts and give as generously as possible this year.

Last year the efforts of the Community Foundation of Abilene were able to raise over $2.1 million dollars to help non-profits in Abilene. This year is looking better the further we move away from the pandemic years, though I believe nearly all non-profit organizations are still struggling to get back to what was normal.

Please give. Help us raise two million dollars in 12 hours. If it can be done, West Texans will do it.

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