Nonprofits receive donations of about $5.7 million through Tuesday's Day of Giving

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A preliminary tally shows about $5.7 million in donations was generated for nonprofit organizations in the region Tuesday through the sixth annual Day of Giving.

The total raised in the 18-hour online event fell from $7.7 million last year, but officials were not surprised because Day of Giving was moved to May for the first time this year from its traditional date in October, which many consider to be the kickoff of the annual charitable giving season.

The date change was done to align Day of Giving with a national initiative, Give Local America, which raised more than $50 million Tuesday for 7,700 nonprofits, according to the local organizer, the Pittsburgh Foundation.

“Pittsburgh accounted for more than 11 percent of the total raised nationally and this will provide significant support to the critical work of our nonprofit organizations,” Grant Oliphant, president and chief executive of the Pittsburgh Foundation, said in a statement.

Donors committed $4.9 million Tuesday to nonprofits in Allegheny, Westmoreland and Butler counties and each organization will receive a share of $810,000 in matching funds.

Joyce Gannon: or 412-263-1580.

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