CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An online fundraising event is giving New Hampshire residents 24 hours to raise as much money and awareness possible for nonprofits across the state.

The "give-a-thon" is an initiative by the NH Center for Nonprofits to connect donors with local nonprofits. It begins late Wednesday and runs through Thursday afternoon.

Some of the 300 organizations accepting donations include several animal shelters, youth organizations and hospitals.

To encourage donations, the center and its sponsors will be awarding cash prizes throughout the day.

Last year, more than $310,000 was raised for hundreds of organizations through the event.