On Thursday morning, the Central Kansas Community Foundation released preliminary totals from their Give Now Newton campaign. The campaign was held on Nov. 28 in conjunction with Giving Tuesday events.


Of the 40 nonprofit organizations that CKCF represents, nine had reported back the total donations from Give Now Newton at the time of the announcement. More than $66,000 was given to Harvey County nonprofits through Give Now Newton, a significant increase over the 2016 total of $16,000.


Caring Hands Humane Society Executive Director Kevin Stubbs noted that nearly $32,000 had been donated to the animal shelter, a large portion of which came from an estate gift.


An additional estimated $3,133 in in-kind donations was also given to nonprofit organizations and at least 18 new donors were recorded. Donors also pledged more than 750 hours in volunteer work.


"People are becoming more aware and generosity just abounds," said CKCF Executive Director Angie Tatro. "We're connecting people to what matters to them."


CKCF also received monetary donations through the Give Now Newton campaign.


"With our affiliates, the Central Kansas Community Foundation raised $42,000," Tatro said.


As part of that total, the Hillsboro Community Foundation raised $25,000, the Peabody Community Foundation raised $5,400 and, through a celebrity pie competition, the Valley Center Community Foundation raised $5,000.


"Overall, we're really thrilled," Tatro said. "We're in excess of $100,000 and not all the reports are in."