Give More 24! surpasses donation goal

Alex Peru, Reporter
Alex Peru, Reporter

VANCOUVER — The fourth annual Give More 24! fundraising drive encouraged giving to local nonprofits in Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania counties as part of a 24-hour online “give-a-thon” on Sept. 21. This year, the event surpassed its goal of raising $1 million for the participating nonprofits.

A press release from the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, the organization behind the Give More 24! event, revealed that the final amount donated totaled $1,033,825. This surpassed the goal, and was an approximately $115,000 increase over last year’s total.

Community members from all walks of life took part in the “swing-a-thon” events hosted around Clark County by the Parks Foundation of Clark County. Photo courtesy of High Five Media
Community members from all walks of life took part in the “swing-a-thon” events hosted around Clark County by the Parks Foundation of Clark County. Photo courtesy of High Five Media

A total of 130 nonprofit organizations took part in the event, which was designed to encourage donating during the 24-hour period with over $300,000 in matching funds and a $56,000 stretch pool, said Maury Harris, marketing and communications specialist for the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington.

According to Harris, the stretch pool helps increase the amount each donor gives. It was determined with a calculation based on the size of the donation factored into the total earned by the event overall and multiplied by the stretch pool value. It helped make “every single gift go just a little further,” Harris said.

Donors could donate to the 130 nonprofits online, and 3,422 donors gave 5,118 gifts during the 24-hour period. While most donors came from the Southwest Washington area, donations came from as many as 40 states and 9 countries.

Give More 24! participants could benefit the Police Activities League of Vancouver and Leadership Clark County by trying their hand at a dunk tank at Luxe restaurant in Vancouver. Photo courtesy of High Five Media
Give More 24! participants could benefit the Police Activities League of Vancouver and Leadership Clark County by trying their hand at a dunk tank at Luxe restaurant in Vancouver. Photo courtesy of High Five Media

According to the press release, the Camas Christian Academy had received the most gifts of all the nonprofits, with 221 individual gifts. The organization Share raised $47,901, and that was the highest total received by a single nonprofit.

In addition to the online giving component of the Give More 24! event, participating nonprofits and local businesses organized related events to get residents involved in the community. Harris said that the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington provided resources to help each nonprofit raise awareness of the event, and encouraged the nonprofits to hold their own fundraising events during the Give More 24! event.

Donors during the Give More 24! event were encouraged to take photos holding signs stating why they donated to share on social media. Photo courtesy of High Five Media
Donors during the Give More 24! event were encouraged to take photos holding signs stating why they donated to share on social media. Photo courtesy of High Five Media

The Parks Foundation of Clark County hosted a “swing-a-thon” where local residents, business owners and community leaders could swing on park playgrounds to raise support for the Give More 24! event.

The Journey Theater Arts Group partnered with a local Red Robin restaurant to raise funds through a carpool karaoke event.

Similar events were held throughout Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania counties.

Area residents and community leaders took part in Swing More 24! events at parks around Clark County to support the Parks Foundation of Clark County. Photo courtesy of High Five Media
Area residents and community leaders took part in Swing More 24! events at parks around Clark County to support the Parks Foundation of Clark County. Photo courtesy of High Five Media

The Give More 24! event also allowed nonprofits with the top donation amount to receive an additional $1000, and some of these prizes were offered to multiple nonprofits in various size categories.

To learn more about the annual Give More 24! fundraiser, visit https://give-more-24.org/.

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About The Author

Alex Peru is a 2017 graduate of Washington State University Vancouver. He has a bachelor’s degree in History and a double minor in Political Science and Business Administration. Peru grew up in Battle Ground, and graduated from CAM Academy in 2013. He worked for The VanCougar, WSU Vancouver’s campus newspaper, for three years, including one year as the editor-in-chief. When not working, Peru enjoys reading books about history, working on cars and enjoying the outdoors in Clark County’s beautiful rivers, lakes and forests.

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