HELENA – Just 30 minutes after its 6 p.m. launch, the Greater Helena Gives website had raised $20,000 for local nonprofits.

Nearly sixty nonprofit organizations signed up to be included in the 24 hours of giving.

On Thursday, Helena Mayor Jim Smith read a proclamation officially declaring May 5 as Helena Gives day.

Participating nonprofits included the Helena Food Share, the Helena Symphony and the Lewis and Clark Library Foundation among others.

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Aside from being able to choose where to donate money, the website allows you to track how much each organization is raising.

Greater Helena Gives hopes to raise $75,000 this year.

That’s around $10,000 more than last year when the organization raised $66,000.

Glenna Wortman-Obie, president of the Helena Area Community Foundation, said the event is a good chance to give back to the community.

“I think it’s a way for all of us to say thank you to the great nonprofits,” Wortman-Obie said. “We have some amazing agencies who are a part of this community without whom Helena just wouldn’t be as a nice of a community as it is.”

The 24 hours of giving wraps up at 6 p.m. Friday. There will be a closing celebration at Lewis and Clark Brewery on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.

As of Friday morning, Greater Helena Gives has raised over $47,000 for the local nonprofits.

To donate to Greater Helena Gives or check in on the progress, click here.