More Than $3 Million Raised in 24-Hours During Second Annual Great Give


PALM BEACH & MARTIN COUNTIES, FLA. (June 4, 2015) – More than $3 million was raised in a single day for 437 local nonprofits during the second annual Great Give Palm Beach and Martin Counties. The 24-hour online fundraising event held on May 5 at 5 p.m. to May 6 at 5 p.m. was co-hosted by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, United Way of Palm Beach County and United Way for Martin County. The official grand total was announced June 3 at the Community Foundation’s Founder’s Award Luncheon at the Kravis Center.

“We made the ‘24-hours CAN change community’ tag-line ring true,” said Brad Hurlburt, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. “What makes the Great Give so impactful goes beyond the millions raised in total, it shows our community the power collaboration and what a difference can be made when we all come together around important causes.”

Hurlburt and Dr. Laurie George, President and CEO of the United Way of Palm Beach County announced the final total of approximately $3,075,000 together in front of a crowd of 500 guests at the luncheon that included many of the participating nonprofits and generous donors. They also announced that the date for next year’s event will be May 3, 2016.

The Great Give total includes the money raised through online donations during the one day event, as well as additional funds raised by the nonprofits through match challenges and checks that were not contributed via the website. It also includes $555,000 in bonus funds raised by the Community Foundation that is being divided and awarded to participating nonprofits based on the total they raised.

 “This event allowed us to help hundreds of nonprofits offering so many important programs in Palm Beach and Martin counties,” said Dr. 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 we know this event will be even bigger and help even more people next year.”


Great Give 2015 Highlights & Statistics:

Total Dollars:                     $2,685,094

Total Gifts:                         10,701

Unique Donors:                8,187

Average Gift:                     $197.85

Participating Nonprofits:             437 
*Only 17 participants received no donations (less than 4%)

Florida total:      $4,435,802.43

  • Give Day Tampa Bay (10,042/$1,726,493.75)
  • Give Local East Central Florida (152/$24,214.68)

National total:  $68.5 million raised by 180 communities

Great Give PBMC Ranked 7th in the Top 10 communities by dollars
Great Give PBMC Ranked 8th in Top 10 Communities by number of gifts

Most Gifts:                         YMCA of the Palm Beaches (306/$24,213)

Most $ Raised:                  The Weiss School (145/$76,005)

Top Giving Hours:           5:00 p.m. on May 5 (1,356 gifts/$281,111.60)

4:00 p.m. on May 6 (1,268 gifts/$361,038.71)

Top Nonprofits by Category:

  • Youth Development:                      Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County ($36,035)*
  • Arts & Culture:                                  Palm Beach Symphony ($46,660)
  • Human Services:                              The Lord’s Place ($50,572)*
  • Education:                                           The Weiss School ($76,005)
  • Community Improvement:          Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties ($24,915)
  • Health:                                                 Bella’s Angels ($25,770)
  • Animal:                                                 Domino’s Cat Rescue League ($18,338)
  • Environment:                                    Inwater Research Group ($10,630)

*2nd year at top of the category

Top Categories:                 Human Services (3,537/$692,572.81)

                                                Education (1,879/$483,287.65)

                                                Youth Development (1,371/$222,859.06)

States donating:               50, plus Puerto Rico

Most donations from Florida (9,337); New York (122); and New Jersey (63)

Countries donating:       7 (U.S., Canada, Aland Islands, France, United Kingdom, Israel and Peru)

Top # of Gifts by Zip Code:          Jupiter, 33458 (438/$47,047.83)

                                                                Palm Beach Gardens, 33418 (430/$129,415.32)

                                                                Palm City, 34990 (386/$87,339)

Top $ by Zip Code:                           Palm Beach, 33480 (267/$182,000)

First time donors:            36% (2,948 donors indicated they were a first time donor to the organization they gave their gift to)

Multi-givers:  20% (2,156 donations made through Multi-Give)

Twitter reach #GreatGive15:      6.1 million exposure/2,600 tweets (May 5-6)

                                                                9.6 million exposure/5,200 tweets (Feb. 1-May 7)

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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  

About the 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 local nonprofits. United Way funds more than 70 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 Like us on Facebook/UnitedWayPBC and follow us on Twitter/UnitedWayofPBC.

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 or call 772-283-4800.



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