CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Several local and regional groups across the Carolinas had a successful day of fundraising on Thursday during the national Give Out Day.
The national online fundraising day was created to support LGBT organizations. Over 11,000 people gave over $700,000 to support LGBT groups on Thursday.
Among the groups was South Carolina Equality and Columbia’s Harriet Hancock Center Foundation. Both based in Columbia, S.C., they led the small organization leaderboard for the U.S. South. South Carolina Equality had the highest number of donors and raised $10,611, winning a $4,000 additional prize. The Harriet Hancock Center Foundation raised $17,737and won a $2,500 additional prize. Overall, South Carolina Equality came in second place for total donors in the South and collected another $2,500. Equality North Carolina raised$9,567, scoring a $500 prize on the southern leaderboard.
Other local groups participating this year included Charleston Pride, South Carolina Black Pride, North Carolina AIDS Action Network and One World Dragon Boat.
The Asheville-based Campaign for Southern Equality was among regional groups participating, with the Charlotte-based national group Campus Pride also participating. Campus Pride reported that it raised a total of $18,500 along with a match of $10,000 from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.