Joins Give Local America; 100+ Communities Across the Country
to Create Largest Online Giving Event in History
MARTIN COUNTY, FLA. (February 11, 2014) – On May 6, 2014, everyone in our community gets the chance to be a philanthropist. The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Martin County Community Foundation and the United Way of Martin County have teamed up to host the GREAT GIVE Martin, a 24-hour online giving event designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in a single day. This county-wide event will celebrate the spirit of giving and collective effort it takes to strengthen our community.
“Our mission is to connect philanthropists to community needs, and the GREAT GIVE is a way we can touch all 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 asking everyone in the community to get behind this effort. Large and small gifts will combine for a big impact.”
GREAT GIVE Martin is also one of more than 100 giving days across the country being promoted in partnership with Give Local America, making it likely to be the largest online fundraising event in history.
Martin County has a history of dedicated giving days. The Martin County Community Foundation has hosted a Giving Day in previous years. Last year, the event raised nearly $300,000 for 66 nonprofit organizations.
“This community is known for its generosity and has embraced the giving day concept in the past,” said Bridget Baratta, executive director of the Martin County Community Foundation. “When we had the opportunity to partner with our neighboring Community Foundation and the United Way on the GREAT GIVE Martin, we saw this as an opportunity to amplify our impact.”
All nonprofits are invited to participate in the GREAT GIVE Martin and anyone can make a donation on that day. Every gift will be multiplied with bonus dollars from a local pool raised by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties and a national pool raised by Give Local America. There will also be opportunities for donors and organizations to win cash and prizes throughout the day to keep things fast-paced and exciting.
“GREAT GIVE Martin is also a way for donors to learn more about the spectrum of nonprofits that are serving this community,” said Jim Vojcsik, executive director of the United Way of Martin County. “Every participating nonprofit will have a profile page on GREATGIVEMartin.org with information on their mission and services. Donors can make a gift to their favorite charity, or do research and give to new ones.”
There will be a training session in advance of GREAT GIVE Martin for all interested nonprofit organizations on March 5 at the Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart. Registration is available here.
Special events for the general public are being planned around the county on May 6, and details will be announced in the coming months. Sponsorship opportunities are now available. For more information, contact United Way of Martin County at 772-283-4800, ext. 229.
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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, visit www.yourcommunityfoundation.org.
About the Martin County Community Foundation: The Martin County Community Foundation was established in 1988. We work with philanthropically inclined individuals and organizations to improve communities. In doing our work we serve as a convener of community leaders, identify social issues in need of philanthropic support and work to bring about effective and positive change. For more information, visit www.yourmccf.org.
About the United Way of Martin County: Although United Way is a nationally known nonprofit organization, funds raised in Martin County stay in Martin County where local residents can decide where it’s needed most. United Way of Martin County is determined to improve lives together and lift the community by helping end hunger; ensuring safety; improving people's health; helping create job opportunities; helping provide solid education for all; and strengthening families. For more information about United Way of Martin County, visit www.LIVEUNITEDmc.org or call 772-283-4800.