The numbers are in. This year, after expanding to all of Polk County and adding nonprofit organizations in Hudson and River Falls, giveBIG raised $301,649 on April 30.

To reach that figure 1,128 donors made 2,100 donations. The average donation was $58.

An additional $4,602 was donated in May, bringing the unofficial total to more than $306,000.

Originally based in Osceola, the day of online fundraising has slowly grown to include Amery and St. Croix Falls, then New Richmond, Somerset and, this year, Hudson and River Falls.

Now in its seventh year, the event benefitted 94 nonprofit organizations — 22 more than last year, according to giveBig director Sara Haase.

Donations go directly to area organizations, helping support local arts initiatives, food pantries and suicide prevention efforts, to name a few.

Last year, the fundraising day brought in just shy of $280,000.  Totals in 2017 and 2016 were about $252,000 and $215,500, respectively.

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