Early numbers from the Big Give suggest that donors gave big to German Village nonprofits.

Supporters of the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio gave $72,505 -- a 98 percent increase from 2015, the last time the Big Give was held.

"We are elated," said Melanie Boyd, development director of the Charitable Pharmacy, which is located in Livingston United Methodist Church but operates independently. "We're able to provide $7 worth of service for every dollar donated."

Village Connections, the senior-services organization, received more than $8,400.

"We're thrilled," said Kristen Schweitzer, executive director of Village Connections. "We have so many dedicated donors and volunteers, but their generosity through the Big Give was truly amazing. This support will go a long way in helping us serve even more neighbors in the future."

The biennial Big Give, sponsored by the Columbus Foundation, was held from 10 a.m. Oct. 10 to noon Oct. 11.

This year, more than $18 million was raised for 906 nonprofits across 10 counties, said Kelley Griesmer, senior vice president of the Columbus Foundation.

The final numbers are subject to change, as the foundation confirms all transactions, Griesmer said.

Of the $18 million raised, $1.4 million in "bonus pool" funds were donated by various benefactors who did not specify a nonprofit but gave to the Columbus Foundation in general, Griesmer said. That money will be distributed among the nonprofits, she said. Disbursements will be made at the end of November.

The previous Big Give raised $15 million total, she said.

"Every time more people know what the Big Give is, they want to reach out and help," Griesmer said.

The German Village Society received $17,500, set to be earmarked for improvements to the Meeting Haus, including updates to audio-visual equipment that is more than 25 years old.

The previous total was just shy of $6,000, said Shiloh Todorov, executive director of the GVS.

"I'm over the moon and awaiting final results," Todorov said.

Actors' Theatre of Columbus received more than $6,000, more than doubling donations from the last Big Give, said Philip J. Hickman, artistic director for the troupe.

Hickman said the group plans to use the donations to maintain technical equipment at the amphitheater in Schiller Park, where Actors' Theatre is based and performs most of its shows.

"The Big Give represents the kind of community spirit that started Actors' Theatre more than 35 years ago," he said. "We couldn't be more grateful for the generous patrons who make what we do possible and to the Columbus Foundation for making this kind of event possible for so many worthy organizations."

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