PALM BEACH & MARTIN COUNTIES, FLA. (March 23, 2016) – In 2015, Helping People Succeed, a Martin County nonprofit, was struggling to offset a major cut in funding. So, when they heard about the Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties, they decided to go all in. In 24 hours, they were able to raise more than $33,000. “The Great Give came at just the right time and allowed us to continue a critical program that provides mental health services for children and their families,” said Suzy Hutcheson, CEO, Helping People Succeed. On May 3, Helping People Succeed and more than 400 other nonprofits will set out to raise as much money as possible in a single day.
Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties is a 24-hour online giving event led by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach County, United Way of Palm Beach County and United Way of Martin County designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in a single day. This community-wide event, to be held on May 3 from midnight to midnight, celebrates the spirit of giving and the collective effort it takes to strengthen our community by raising critical funds for local nonprofits.
Every local gift made during the 24-hour period will be multiplied by additional dollars from a bonus pool raised by the Community Foundation. Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties will make May 3 even more exciting by providing cash or valuable prizes for nonprofits to compete for each hour.
Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties is open to all eligible nonprofits in our two-county area. Nonprofits are encouraged to sign up early and start promoting – just visit www.GreatGiveFlorida.org and click on the "Nonprofit Registration" button. Nonprofits have until March 30 to register to participate in the giving event.
Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties is part of the largest online giving event in history, Give Local America. We will once again join close to 200 communities across the country to raise millions of dollars for the greater good – all on a single day. Last year’s event raised more than $68 million nationally and $3.1 million locally, with our Great Give ranking 7th! The shared goal is to make an even GREATer impact this year!
Local businesses and individuals are encouraged to support this unique opportunity for our community to raise significant funds that will make a direct, positive impact on the lives of our neediest residents (including the furry variety). You can provide a prize, become a sponsor, offer an in-store incentive or simply GIVE on May 3. Please contact Alexia Savage to see how you can get involved today! AlexiaSavage@UnitedWayPBC.org
Special events for the general public are being planned and details will be announced in the coming months. Follow #GreatGive16 on social media for updates:
Facebook: Community Foundation https://www.facebook.com/cfpbmc
United Way PBC https://www.facebook.com/UnitedWayPBC
United Way MC https://www.facebook.com/LiveUnitedMC
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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 more than $120 million in grants and scholarships over its 43-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 80 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.
Media contacts: Corrie Edwards, Marketing and Communications Manager
Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties / firstname.lastname@example.org; (561) 340-4510
Alexia Savage, Senior VP of Communications & Resource Development
United Way of Palm Beach County / email@example.com; (561) 375-6624
Nancy McCarthy, APR, Director of Marketing and Communications
United Way of Martin County / firstname.lastname@example.org; 772-283-4800, ext. 240