This year, more than 120 nonprofits serving Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania Counties are taking part in the event
The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington powered Give More 24! for nine years, growing it into southwest Washington’s biggest day of online giving. Next Tuesday, the local event will move to a bigger stage as it merges with GiveBIG — a statewide, 48-hour online giving campaign that encourages people across Washington to give where they live.
This year, more than 120 nonprofits serving Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania Counties are taking part in the event. These organizations represent a wide array of causes, including animals, arts and culture, education, healthcare, housing and the environment. A complete list of local causes is available on the GiveBIG SW Washington community page.
The community page also provides ways for donors to create a bigger impact during the 48-hour event. For example, by giving at specific times during the day, donors can help southwest Washington causes compete for $11,500 in nonprofit prizes. Additionally, some nonprofits offer matching gifts that will double donations up to a specific dollar amount. All donations made through the website May 2-3 are counted toward nonprofit prizes and matching funds.
Janie Spurgeon, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer at the Community Foundation, said participating nonprofits have put in a lot of effort to switch to a spring date for this event. She is confident that the community support will follow based on the region’s generosity and the personal connections donors have with their favorite causes.
“People gave during Give More 24! because they were passionate about an organization or cause,” Spurgeon said. “That feeling doesn’t change with the season, and now nonprofits need us to keep our support going strong on the second and third of May for GiveBIG.”
GiveBIG provides the same opportunities for nonprofits and donors but with more features, including more time to give, a broader reach and year-round technical support. Donors can also access the site year-round to discover and donate to nonprofits in their community and across the state.
“We are excited to see the impact of an online giving day continue and to cheer on our local nonprofits as they continue to inspire and engage donors in new ways,” Spurgeon said. “We’re also beyond grateful for the support this community has provided to us and the nonprofits over the years, and we know that trademark generosity will live on through GiveBIG.”
GiveBIG begins at midnight on Tuesday (May 2) with the goal of raising as much support as possible in 48 hours. 501 Commons powers the event, which attracted more than 27,000 donors and raised over $14.6 million for 1,410 nonprofits across the state last year. To take part in GiveBIG, visit the website givebigwa.org on May 2 or May 3, and donate to a participating nonprofit. Each donation is tallied in real time, which allows everyone to watch the giving progress and cheer on their favorite causes. The website also allows visitors to spread the word about specific causes by sharing on social media.
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 holds more than 380 charitable funds, which are actively invested to generate growth and income for granting purposes. Governed by an esteemed volunteer Board of Directors, the Community Foundation offers benefits and services to donors, nonprofits and the community at large. Learn more at www.cfsww.org.
About 501 Commons
501 Commons is the Pacific Northwest’s largest nonprofit management support organization. Its core mission is to amplify the strengths of nonprofits so all people and communities can flourish. The team does this by providing nonprofits with affordable expertise and more than 30 outsourced services, which include a full range of management consulting, professional development, board training, and back-office solutions for technology, human resources, bookkeeping and accounting. In addition, 501 Commons powers the Washington Gives platform and GiveBIG, Washington’s annual online fundraising campaign.
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