Generosity was the trend in Lincoln Thursday as thousands of people took part in the Lincoln Community Foundation's third annual Give to Lincoln Day.
"This is really a day when we can do something bigger than ourselves," Barbara Bartle of the foundation said. "And come together as a community and do great good for so many of our non–profits."
More than 300 of them in Lincoln and Lancaster County participated in the 24-hour online donation event. With the click of a button, those who wish to donate can head to givetolincoln.com and donate a minimum of $10 to any non-profit.
This year, the Lincoln Community Foundation and other sponsors will match $300,000 to be divided proportionally among each organization.
More than $1 million was raised by noon, breaking last year's record.
"Overwhelming!" Bartle said.
A few non–profits came out to the Lincoln Foundation Garden to celebrate. One of those was Nebraska No Kill Canine Rescue.
"At the end of the day, it's really a great feeling to know that dogs that need the help will get help as a result of the public's assistance and donations today," Karl Skinner of the organization said.
Near the Haymarket District, Bridge Behavioral Health had a celebration of its own. There was a barbeque, vendor sale and even a car wash to raise more money in addition to the online donations.
Shane Vernon's been at the center for 75 days. He got up early to help put the celebration together.
"Throughout my addiction, I've taken from a lot of people, my family, people like this that give to Lincoln," he said. "I'm just trying to give back."
More than $2.7 million was raised. The Lincoln Community Foundation's goal was $2.5 million.