The Swope family has donated $160,000 to cover credit card fees for the third annual Give Local Louisville, held on Thursday, Sept. 15. | Courtesy of Community Foundation of Louisville
The Swope family has donated $160,000 to cover credit card fees for the third annual Give Local Louisville, held on Thursday. | Courtesy of Community Foundation of Louisville

The countdown is on for Give Local Louisville, now just days away.

For the third year, the Community Foundation of Louisville is hosting Give Local Louisville, which encourages Louisvillians to donate money to more than 600 area nonprofits for one day only — this Thursday.

Last year, the effort raised more than $3 million for 362 participating organizations, and this time, organizers are hoping for more as the number of nonprofits has nearly doubled. And with the help of the Sam Swope family, who are ponying up $160,000 to cover the credit card transaction fees — which take about 5.7 percent of each donation — that goal is looking more and more feasible.

“No one likes credit card fees or platform provider charges,” said Susan Barry, CEO and president of CFL, in a press release. “Just like their donation last year, the Swope family’s gift is a game-changer to many nonprofits. While the Community Foundation does not charge nonprofits to participate in Give Local Louisville, nor does it collect any fees, this generous donation from the family will offset the credit card and platform provider fees and allow nonprofits to pocket more money for their amazing causes.”

givelocal2Louisvillians are encouraged to peruse the list of nonprofits on the #GiveLocalLou site and donate a minimum of $10 by credit card to their favorite charitable organization. The nonprofits are broken into categories like animal, arts and culture, community improvement, education, health and more.

Donations will be accepted on Thursday, from midnight to 11:59 p.m.

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Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog (barbelleblog.com) daily. She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."


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