Animes in Missoula. (Current Martin Kidston/Missoula file)

The Missoula and Hamilton nonprofits raised $1.2 million during this year’s Missoula Gives community fundraising event, which wrapped up Friday night.

Of the 180 nonprofits at this year’s event, 25 were new.

“More than 3,600 people donated to this year’s campaign — and hundreds more helped plan the event and worked behind the scenes,” said Marcy Allen, executive director of the Missoula Community Foundation. “It’s truly remarkable to see Missoula come together like this and support our nonprofit sector.”

The Missoula Community Foundation has hosted Missoula Gives since 2014. Since then, it has raised $4.9 million for area nonprofits. The foundation also manages charitable funds, connects donors to causes, and serves as a resource for planned giving.

Among this year’s new nonprofits, Friends of the Children used the event to draw attention to its organization.

“We opened our doors in Missoula last year and it was a fantastic way for us to not only raise much-needed funds, but it helped us share our work with a wide audience and gain new donors for our organisation,” said Ben Davis, Chief Executive of Friends of Children.

Allen said the money raised isn’t the only benefit for participating organizations. The annual campaign also provides a structure for nonprofit staff, volunteers and board members to work together to achieve their goals.

“Missoula Gives is a good entry point for people who may be new to nonprofit boards or development work,” Allen said. “We sponsor training on fundraising tools and methods, and then organizations can immediately put that training into practice, which is a rare opportunity for many of them.”

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