PALM BEACH & MARTIN COUNTIES, FLA. (June 4, 2014) – More than $2.2 million was raised in a single day for 330 local nonprofits during the first-ever GREAT GIVE PBC and GREAT GIVE Martin. The 24-hour online fundraising event held on May 6 was 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. The official grand total was announced today at the Community Foundation’s Founder’s Award luncheon at the Kravis Center.
“Philanthropy can change a community, and we felt that change during the GREAT GIVE,” said Brad Hurlburt, president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. “What made this event so impactful was not only the money we raised, but the partnerships we formed. We showed the community the power of collaboration.”
The GREAT GIVE final total includes the money raised through online donations on May 6, as well as additional funds raised by the nonprofits through match challenges and checks that were not contributed via the website. It also includes close to $460,000 in bonus funds raised by the Community Foundation that is being divided and awarded to every participating nonprofit based on the total they raised.
Hurlburt and Dr. Laurie George, president and CEO of the United Way of Palm Beach County announced the total together in front of a crowd of 500 guests at the luncheon that included many of the participating nonprofits. They also announced that the date for next year’s event will be May 5, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“This event allowed us to help so many nonprofits offering so many great programs in Palm Beach and Martin counties,” said George. “From ensuring kids succeed in school and families have food on their tables, to protecting the environment and animals, and everything in between. We raised an incredible amount of money that will stay local…and to think this was only our first year! We know this event will be even bigger and help even more people next year.”
Highlights from the inaugural GREAT GIVE:
Grand Total: $2.2 million
Online Donations: $1.4 million
Bonus Pool: $458,000
Offline Donations: $340,000
Palm Beach County total: $1,123,040*
Martin County total: $276,960*
Total Gifts: 7,400
Average Gift: $190.88
Participating Nonprofits: 330
Most Gifts: Urban Youth Impact (148/$8,885)
Most $ Raised: Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County ($51,120)
Top Giving Hours: 8 a.m. – Noon, 2,666 gifts made
# of Contributing States: 43
Social media: Twitter – 2,000 tweets/3.8M exposure; Facebook – 42,376 reach
Top Nonprofits by Category:
· Youth Development: Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County ($51,120)
· Arts & Culture: Palm Beach Opera ($47,170)
· Human Services: The Lord’s Place ($36,649)
· Education: South Florida Science Center and Aquarium ($30,545)
· Community Improvement: The Gathering/Palm Beach ($24,700)
· Health: Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County ($17,765)
· Animal: Coalition to Educate Alternatives to Senseless Euthanasia ($15,050)
Florida total: $6.3 million
· The Giving Challenge, Sarasota ($3,127,801; 18,799 gifts)
· Give Day Tampa Bay ($1,052,437; 5,142 gifts)
· Give Local Flagler, Putnam & Volusia ($29,205; 254 gifts)
National total: $53 million raised for 7,700 nonprofits
*Before bonus pool allocation.
GREAT GIVE bonus pool sponsors included 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.
Sponsors for this year’s GREAT GIVE included 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.
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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.