Excitement Building for the GREAT GIVE on May 6
More than 220
nonprofits participating; Bonus pool reaches $450,000;
deadline extended to April 8
It's a little over a
month away, but excitement is building in Palm Beach County
for the GREAT GIVE on May 6. The 24-hour online giving event
is designed to raise as much money as possible for local
nonprofits in a single day (midnight 11:59 p.m.).
Hosted by the Community
Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties and United Way
of Palm Beach County, this county-wide event will celebrate
the spirit of giving and collective effort it takes to
strengthen our community. There are over 220 nonprofits in
Palm Beach and Martin counties registered to participate in
the GREAT GIVE, and due to the overwhelming response, the
registration deadline has been extended to Tuesday, April 8.
Anyone can make a secure
donation of $10 or more to the charity of their choice on
May 6 by visiting www.GreatGivePBC.org.
Every local gift will be multiplied with bonus funds being
raised by the Community Foundation. Today, the partners
announced they have already raised $450,000 in bonus funds.
Thanks to the generosity of
our donors and community partners, we are thrilled to
announce such a significant bonus pool that will directly
benefit our local nonprofits in a lasting way, said Brad
Hurlburt, president and CEO of the Community Foundation for
Palm Beach and Martin Counties.
We're hoping to grow
this total even more before May 6, and there will also be an
opportunity for the general public to contribute to the
bonus pool on event day. If you don't know which charity to
give to, you can donate to the bonus pool and ultimately
help all the participating nonprofits.
Bonus pool sponsors include
D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund of the Community
Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties; John
S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Fortin
Foundation of Florida; Quantum
Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation; Martin
County Community Foundation;
and several other Community Foundation fundholders and
anonymous donors. The bonus pool funds will be distributed
after May 6 and will be based on the percentage of the total
raised on that day.
Our nonprofit partners are
definitely getting excited about the GREAT GIVE, said Dr.
Laurie George, President and CEO of the United Way of Palm
Beach County. Many are being creative in the ways they are
marketing their participation, including building match
challenges and offering incentives to their volunteers who
refer donors on that day. The more money a nonprofit raises,
the more bonus money they will receive, so the possibilities
Additionally, nonprofits will
have the chance to win cash prizes as they reach milestones
throughout the 24-hour event, ranging from $750 to the
organization that generates the most tweets using #GreatGive,
to $1,000 to the organization that raises the most donations
during specific hours. These opportunities will keep the
GREAT GIVE fast-paced and exciting while enabling local
nonprofits to increase their overall totals, ultimately
benefitting the residents their programs serve.
The GREAT GIVE is open to all
nonprofits in Palm Beach and Martin counties. Nonprofits
must be registered 501(c)(3) organizations that provide
services in Palm Beach or Martin counties and are IRS and
Patriot Act Compliant. Eligible organizations must establish
a profile on the fundraising site and review and complete
the Agreement in order to be considered for participation.
The final deadline for participation is Tuesday, April 8 at
Sponsors for this year?s GREAT
GIVE include Give
Local America; Northern
Trust; Publix; Modernizing
NewsChannel 5; Comcast;WXEL; WLRN; Palm
Beach Broadcasting; Coast
Stuart News; Green
Link & Sartory; First
Bank of the Palm Beaches; Hays
Bank; and FP&L.
events for the general public are being planned around the
county on May 6, and details will be announced soon.
on social media for updates.
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About the Community
Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties: The
Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties is
one of Florida's largest community foundations. The
nonprofit organization has invested more than $100 million
in grants and scholarships over its 40-year history. At its
core, the Community Foundation is an organization created
with gifts from generous people committed to local causes.
For donors, the Foundation serves as a philanthropic
advisor. For the community, the Foundation serves as a grant
maker and a civic leader. Through the support of its donors
and fundholders, the Foundation has been able to address
some of the community's most pressing needs, including
hunger, housing and education.
For more information, visitwww.yourcommunityfoundation.org.
About the United Way of
Palm Beach County: For more than 80 years, United Way
of Palm Beach County has been dedicated to improving lives
and advancing the common good in our community. Funded by
the generosity of donors and volunteers, United Way
strategically invests in crucial efforts and programs that
support the building blocks for a good life ? education,
financial stability and health. We work on a local level to
help provide lasting solutions to the root causes of our
county?s social issues, from promoting access to education
and healthcare to ending hunger and homelessness.
To learn more on how to GIVE, ADVOCATE or VOLUNTEER for the
call 561.375.6600 or visit www.UnitedWayPBC.org.