Southwest Washington’s annual online giving day features dozens of events
VANCOUVER — Give More 24!, southwest Washington’s largest day of online giving, is scheduled for Thursday (Sept. 19). The event, which is organized by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, runs from midnight to midnight and encourages people from across the region to donate to more than 170 local nonprofits. Those who wish to give during the 24-hour giving marathon should visit www.givemore24.org.
In conjunction with Give More 24!, participating nonprofits have planned more than thirty entertaining, and sometimes quirky, events for Thu., Sept. 19. This year’s lineup includes events such as a goat yoga, a cornhole tournament, carpool karaoke and trivia nights.
A full listing of events can be found at www.givemore24.org/info/events.
The Community Foundation is organizing an official Give More 24! Rally in Esther Short Park from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. According to Jennifer Rhoads, President of the Community Foundation, the morning activities will feature a dance contest led by award-winning fitness instructor Sherri McMillan and a one-of-a-kind doughnut hole competition featuring local celebrities. A variety of prizes will be awarded during the rally, including Apple iPad Minis and AirPods, FitBit fitness watches and two $250 nonprofit cash bonuses.
“These events are the most important ingredient for building community and inspiring giving, because they uplift human connections,” Rhoads said. “Our community, friends and family are oftentimes the reasons we give, so it’s important to gather around philanthropic efforts.”
Those outside of the area can still enjoy the events by tuning in online via the Community Foundation’s Facebook page, which will be broadcasting live from many of the events. The Give More 24! website (www.givemore24.org) will also feature live leaderboards that show which organizations are attracting the most funds and donors.
All donations made through the website also have the opportunity to “give more” as the event’s name suggests. That’s because participating nonprofits have gathered more than $500,000 in matching funds, which will double certain donations. Nineteen $1,000 prizes will also be awarded to nonprofits based on specific goals and timeframes throughout the day. Prize and match details can also be found online at givemore24.org.
“There is no other day where we get to see such a collective impact on local causes,” Rhoads said. “It’s a special day that lifts up the important role nonprofits play in our community and the many reasons that each of us gives. In doing so, it generates thousands of gifts for a variety of missions.”
This event would not be possible without the support of a generous group of business sponsors that are listed online. Notable support comes from Presenting Sponsor, Davidson & Associates Insurance representing PEMCO Insurance, and Power Sponsor, Kaiser Permanente. Further financial support is provided by Columbia Bank.
Who: Anyone can support local causes with a minimum donation of $5
What: Southwest Washington’s annual day of online giving. Give More 24! is a 24-hour online giving marathon that benefits more than 170 nonprofits serving the region
When: Thu., Sept. 19 from 12 a.m. to 11:59:59 p.m.
Where: Donate at home, at work or while on vacation by visiting givemore24.org
About the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington
Established in 1984, the Community Foundation helps southwest Washingtonians build a more vibrant community by inspiring investments in local philanthropy. The Foundation launched Give More 24! with hopes of growing local philanthropy through exciting and accessible giving that can benefit the entire nonprofit sector. Governed by an esteemed volunteer board, the Community Foundation offers benefits and services to donors, nonprofits and the community at large.
Learn more at cfsww.org.