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By: Jim Dean

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While Georgia Gives Day is over, residents can donate to the charities of their choice year-round through the Georgia Gives Web site at

Nonprofit organizations in Forsyth were pleased with Georgia Gives Day.

Organized by Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits in November, the Dec. 6 event asked residents to donate any amount to a charity of their choice.

In total, the day raised nearly $800,000 for more than 1,300 participating nonprofits statewide, according to a report from the center for nonprofits.

Karen Beavor, president and CEO of the center, said the event was so successful that plans are being made to hold it again in 2013.

“The most important thing for participants to know is that their gift made a difference,” Beavor said in a statement. “The nonprofit participants were thrilled and grateful for the outpouring.”

Through Georgia Gives Day, residents were asked to go to to select a charity of their choice and then simply make a donation in any amount.

Many Forsyth County nonprofits participated, including Mentor Me North Georgia, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Family Haven, Abba House and United Way of Forsyth County.

Sylvia Cardona, executive director of Mentor Me North Georgia, said the event was beneficial.

“I thought it was great because the donations that we have received are from completely new people, so they’re people that we wouldn’t have otherwise been able to meet,” she said.

Leigh Crow with United Way of Forsyth County offered a similar assessment.

“I think it’s a great idea,” she said. “It really brings awareness to the nonprofits all throughout the state.”

She added that those interested in giving can still do so. “Even though this was a just a one-day effort, the [Georgia Gives] Web site is open year round so people can still go on there and give,” she said.

Cardona added that as word spreads about the effort, additional donors likely will surface.

“This was just the first time [for Georgia Gives Day] so I’m guessing next year we’ll have even more folks who would become familiar with us,” she said.”