Community Gears Up for Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties on May 5-6; Host partners announce fundraising goal and bonus pool for 24-hour giving day

PALM BEACH & MARTIN COUNTIES, FLA. (April 6, 2015) – It’s official! 437 local nonprofits will participate in the Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties, a 24-hour online fundraiser that starts on May 5 at 5 p.m. until May 6 at 5 p.m. This community-wide event, hosted by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, United Way of Palm Beach County and United Way of Martin County celebrates the spirit of giving and the collective effort it takes to strengthen our community by raising critical funds for local nonprofits. Last year’s event raised $2.2 million, prompting the host partners to set the 2015 fundraising goal at $3 million

“We didn’t know what to expect last year and the community stepped up in a big way,” said Laurie George, CEO of the United Way of Palm Beach County. “This year, we are confident that we can make an even greater impact. Anyone can be a philanthropist during the Great Give by donating to their favorite charities. Even $10 can make a difference.” 

Another exciting aspect of the Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties is that every local gift made during the 24-hour period will be multiplied by additional dollars from a $500,000 bonus pool raised by the Community Foundation. The bonus funds will be distributed to all participating nonprofits based on the percentage of the total they raise on that day. 

“The bonus pool is an important component of our giving day. The more money a nonprofit raises, the more bonus funds they will receive. It’s a great leveraging tool,” said Brad Hurlburt, president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. “The bonus pool is sponsored by many of our donors and funding partners. They recognize the impact that the Great Give has on the community, and we’re grateful for their support.” 

Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties is one of more than 100 giving days being held around the country in partnership with Give Local America to raise millions of dollars for the greater good – all in just one day. Last year’s event raised more than $53 million nationally and the 2015 goal is to reach $100 million. 

On May 5-6 anyone can make a secure donation of $10 or more to the charity of their choice by visiting www.GreatGiveFlorida.org or by calling 1-844-GIVE-DAY

Sponsors for this year’s Great Give include Valley National Bank; Publix; CBS12; The Palm Beach Post; Comcast; Palm Beach Broadcasting; Florida Weekly; The Stuart News; Green Advertising; FP&L; Tracey Benson Photography; LexisNexis; TouchSuite; Hart-Lines; Evelyn & Arthur; Whole Foods Market; and Tito’s Vodka. 

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; Anonymous Family Foundation; Martin County Community Foundation; and several other Community Foundation fundholders and anonymous donors. 

Although this is a virtual fundraiser, special events are being held around Palm Beach and Martin counties. Follow #GreatGive15 on social media for updates. 


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About 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 nearly $110 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 United Way of Palm Beach County:   For 85 years, United Way of Palm Beach County has been the local leader dedicated to identifying and addressing critical community issues to improve the lives of our residents.  We champion community change by strategically uniting key stakeholders and community leaders and investing in successful, sustainable nonprofits. United Way funds 68 local programs that provide lasting solutions and measurable results – from increasing graduation rates and supporting literacy to ensuring financial independence, promoting healthy lifestyles and ending hunger. When you support United Way of Palm Beach County, you are strengthening your community. To learn more call 561.375.6600 or visit www.UnitedWayPBC.org. 

About United Way of Martin County: The mission of United Way of Martin County is to provide leadership to change lives together and lift the community. Since 1972, the United Way helps Martin County residents with their needs by investing in local programs that focus on one or more of these focus areas: Ending Hunger, Strengthening Families, Good Health, Solid Education, Job Opportunities and Ensuring Safety. For more information about United Way of Martin County, visit www.LIVEUNITEDmc.org or call 772-283-4800.


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