PALM BEACH & MARTIN COUNTIES, FLA. (April 2, 2014) – It’s a little over a month away, but excitement is building in Palm Beach and Martin counties for the GREAT GIVE on May 6. The 24-hour online giving event is designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in a single day (midnight – 11:59 p.m.). Hosted by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, United Way of Palm Beach County, Martin County Community Foundation and United Way for Martin County, this event will celebrate the spirit of giving and collective effort it takes to strengthen our community. There are over 220 nonprofits in Palm Beach and Martin counties registered to participate in the GREAT GIVE, and due to the overwhelming response, the registration deadline has been extended to Tuesday, April 8.
Anyone can make a secure donation of $10 or more to the charity of their choice by visiting www.GreatGivePBC.org or www.GreatGiveMartin.org on May 6. Every local gift will be multiplied with bonus funds being raised by the Community Foundation. Today, the partners announced they have already raised $450,000 in bonus funds.
“Thanks to the generosity of our donors and community partners, we’re thrilled to announce such a significant bonus pool that will directly benefit 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 hoping to grow this total even more before May 6, and there will also be an opportunity for the general public to contribute to the bonus pool on event day. If you don’t know which charity to give to, you can donate to the bonus pool and ultimately help all the participating nonprofits.”
Bonus pool sponsors include the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Fortin Foundation of Florida; Quantum Foundation; Palm Healthcare Foundation; Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation; Martin County Community Foundation; and several other Community Foundation fundholders and anonymous donors. The bonus pool funds will be distributed after May 6 and will be based on the percentage of the total raised on that day.
“Our nonprofit partners are definitely getting excited about the GREAT GIVE,” said Dr. Laurie George, President and CEO of the United Way of Palm Beach County. “Many are being creative in the ways they are marketing their participation, including building match challenges and offering incentives to their volunteers who refer donors on that day. The more money a nonprofit raises, the more bonus money they will receive, so the possibilities are GREAT.”
Additionally, nonprofits will have the chance to win cash prizes as they reach milestones throughout the 24-hour event, ranging from $750 to the organization that generates the most tweets using #GreatGive, to $1,000 to the organization that raises the most donations during specific hours. These opportunities will keep the GREAT GIVE fast-paced and exciting while enabling local nonprofits to increase their overall totals, ultimately benefitting the residents their programs serve.
The GREAT GIVE is open to all nonprofits in Palm Beach and Martin counties. Nonprofits must be registered 501(c)(3) organizations that provide services in Palm Beach or Martin counties and are IRS and Patriot Act Compliant. Eligible organizations must establish a profile on the fundraising site and review and complete the Agreement in order to be considered for participation. The final deadline for participation is Tuesday, April 8 at 5:00 p.m.
Sponsors for this year’s GREAT GIVE include Give Local America; Northern Trust; Publix; Modernizing Medicine; WPTV NewsChannel 5; Comcast; WXEL; WLRN; Palm Beach Broadcasting; Coast 101.3; Florida Weekly; The Stuart News; Green Advertising; Ackerman Link & Sartory; First Bank of the Palm Beaches; Hays Companies; PNC Bank; and FP&L.
Special events for the general public are being planned around the county on May 6, and details will be announced soon. Follow #GreatGive on social media for updates.
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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 United Way of Palm Beach County: For more than 80 years, United Way of Palm Beach County has been dedicated to improving lives and advancing the common good in our community. Funded by the generosity of donors and volunteers, United Way strategically invests in crucial efforts and programs that support the building blocks for a good life – education, financial stability and health. We work on a local level to help provide lasting solutions to the root causes of our county’s social issues, from promoting access to education and healthcare to ending hunger and homelessness. To learn more on how to GIVE, ADVOCATE or VOLUNTEER for the United Way, call 561.375.6600 or visit www.UnitedWayPBC.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.