Giving Tuesday nets Palm Beach County nonprofit $3 million

3:18 p.m Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 Business
Volunteers with the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County participate in a phone-a-thon on Giving Tuesday. (photo provided)

Giving Tuesday — a day dedicated to raising money for philanthropic causes — was a record-breaker for one Palm Beach County nonprofit.

The Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County raised $3 million during the global fundraising campaign, which was held on Nov. 28. This year’s Giving Tuesday contributions shattered last year’s record of $1.6 million and marked the largest amount the nonprofit has raised in a single day, the federation said.

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More than 50 local nonprofits participated in the annual fundraising campaign, which is designed to put a spotlight on charitable giving during the busy holiday shopping rush and the end-of-year tax deduction deadline.

Founded by a cultural center in New York City, Giving Tuesday began in 2012 as a way to kick off the charitable giving season. For the sixth year, it was held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving — following the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping rush.

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