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Give More 24! Offers Good Times for Good Causes

SW Washington’s annual online giving day features dozens of fun events

Give More 24!, southwest Washington’s largest day of online giving, is scheduled for Thu., Sept. 20.VANCOUVER — Give More 24!, southwest Washington’s largest day of online giving, is scheduled for Thu., Sept. 20. 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 local causes. 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 Thursday. This year’s lineup includes new events, like a cornhole tournament, pub crawl and mac and cheese eating contest. There are also annual fan-favorites, such as a swing-a-thon, farm-to-table feast and a variety of concerts. A full listing of events can be found at www.givemore24.org/info/events.

This year's Give More 24! features more than thirty entertaining and quirky community events, many of which are family friendly. Photo courtesy of Community Foundation for Southwest Washington
This year’s Give More 24! features more than thirty entertaining and quirky community events, many of which are family friendly. Photo courtesy of Community Foundation for Southwest Washington


QUICK FACTS:

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 community-wide, 24-hour online giving marathon that benefits more than 150 local causes

When: September 20, 2018 from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59:59 p.m.

Where: Donate at home, at work or while on vacation by visiting www.givemore24.org


The events kick off at 7 a.m. with the Give More 24! Rally in Esther Short Park. The rally is being spearheaded by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington — the organization responsible for Give More 24! According to Jennifer Rhoads, president of the Community Foundation, the morning activities will feature Clark County’s largest game of Simon Says! and a 24-minute dance-a-thon led by award-winning fitness instructor Sherri McMillan. Prizes, including two iPad Pros and two $250 nonprofit cash bonuses, will be awarded.

“The events highlight the personal connections that drive our giving,” Rhoads said. “Our community, friends and family are oftentimes the reasons we give back, so it’s important to recognize that by gathering together to share the joy of philanthropy.”

Those outside of the area can still enjoy the events by tuning in online via the Community Foundation’s Facebook page. The Give More 24! website will also feature live leaderboards that show which organizations are raising the most funds. All donations made through the website will also “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. There are also nineteen $1,000 prizes that are awarded to nonprofits based on time-based goals. For example, some prizes reward the organization that raises the most dollars or donors, while others are randomly selected “golden tickets” that add an extra $1,000 to a donation.

“By giving together to so many causes at the same time, we’re able to see our collective impact grow in real-time,” Rhoads said. “It’s a special day to show that the people of this region are here for one another and want to empower local causes to achieve something greater.”

This event would not be possible without the support of a generous group of business sponsors that are listed online.

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.

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