PALM BEACH & MARTIN COUNTIES, FLA. (April 25, 2016) – It’s official! 504 local nonprofits are set to participate in the Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties, a 24-hour online fundraiser on May3, from midnight to midnight. 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 $3.1 million, from 10,744 donors for 437 nonprofits, placing Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties 7th of 200 communities in the Nation as part of Give Local America” said Laurie George, CEO of the United Way of Palm Beach County. “This year, the host partners and participating nonprofits are determined to beat last year’s numbers by raising more funds from more donors and in turn, serving even more of the needs facing our community – everyone is invited to join in the challenge!”
A benefit to the nonprofits participating in 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 $330,000 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.”
Additionally, to keep things fast-paced, the host partners have secured an array of exciting prizes that have cash or in-kind value for the nonprofits to compete for during almost every hour of the Great Give!
"The opportunity to earn significant incentives, including cash prizes and one-of-a-kind opportunities, not only adds to the excitement of the Great Give, but also gives smaller nonprofits a chance to maximize their participation. It's a great way to lift all nonprofits in our community." said Jim Vojcsik, President/CEO, United Way of Martin County.
On May 3 anyone can make a secure donation of $20 or more to the charity of their choice, or the bonus pool, by visiting www.GreatGiveFlorida.org or by calling 1-844-GIVE-DAY.
Although this is a virtual fundraiser, special events are being held around Palm Beach and Martin counties. See the attached one sheet for details. Follow #GreatGive16 on social media for updates:
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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