One Week Countdown to the GREAT GIVE on May 6: 330 Nonprofits Participating, $450,000 Bonus Pool, Special Events & More!

PALM BEACH & MARTIN COUNTIES, FLA. (April 29, 2014) – With only one week until May 6, the community is buzzing with excitement for the GREAT GIVE PBC & Martin. This 24-hour online giving event will raise as much money as possible for 330 local nonprofits in just one 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 of Martin County, this bi-county event will celebrate the spirit of giving and collective effort it takes to strengthen our community. In recognition of this effort, both the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners and the Martin County Board of County Commissioners will be issuing a proclamation declaring May 6 as a “Day of Giving.”

To keep the day fast-paced and excited, United Way of Palm Beach County is hosting several events and on-site promotions throughout Palm Beach County, including a “Giving Makes Me Happy Hour” at Kapow in Boca Raton; “Dive Into Giving” at the Wine Dive in downtown West Palm Beach; and promotions at Panera in CityPlace and the Palm Beach Outlets. For more details, visit the website: http://www.greatgivepbc.org/#events.  

The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties will also be hosting a day full of events to celebrate the GREAT GIVE at their headquarters, the Center for Philanthropy at 700 South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. The organization’s “Giving Lounge” will be open from 7:00 a.m. until midnight and will have computer stations to encourage donations. There will also be food trucks, activities and performances hosted by the nonprofits, a dance party and prizes throughout the day.

On May 6 anyone can make a secure donation of $10 or more to the charity of their choice by visiting www.GreatGivePBC.org, www.GreatGiveMartin.org or by calling 1-844-GIVE-DAY. Every local gift will be multiplied by $450,000 in bonus funds raised by the Community Foundation.

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; FP&L; Tracey Benson Photography; Bibby Financial Services; and Ampersand Graphics.

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.

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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.



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