Registration for GiveBIG, Washington’s largest online giving campaign and the region’s replacement for Give More 24!, opened to nonprofits in February — to date, around 40 Southwest Washington nonprofits have signed up.
The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington is pushing for more registration; last year alone, more than 200 local nonprofits participated in Give More 24!.
In September, the foundation announced that after nine years and more than $15 million raised, the organization planned to phase out the annual Give More 24! online fundraising campaign. Since then, the foundation has been working with 501 Commons to help Southwest Washington nonprofits transition to the two-day statewide GiveBIG campaign.
“Our hope was to develop nonprofit capacity around online fundraising, and the nonprofits involved are now using digital tools in ways we couldn’t have imagined,” Janie Spurgeon, executive vice president and chief development officer at the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, said in a press release. “We know changing events is a big shift for everyone involved, but we’re confident that our nonprofits have the skills and understanding to find similar successes, along with exciting new opportunities, in GiveBIG.”
GiveBIG, hosted on the Washington Gives platform, is an annual, statewide online fundraising campaign that takes place in the spring. Last year, the event raised over $14.5 million for more than 1,400 organizations statewide. The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington and 501 Commons hope to grow this number as more Southwest Washington nonprofits register to participate this year.
In an information session for nonprofits hosted by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington and 501 Commons earlier this week, Maury Harris, senior communications officer at the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, outlined key reasons why nonprofits may choose to participate. Top reasons included: to amplify awareness; to reach Southwest Washington supporters across the state; and year-round access to the donation portal, among others.
“It’s really the same event as Give More 24! in terms of how it works and functions, just with a larger footprint,” Harris said during the information session. “One of the main things is that GiveBIG has a longer giving window.”
GiveBIG will take place May 2-3, with early giving starting on April 18 and the donation window officially closing on May 31. To participate in the event, nonprofits must register by April 28.
To register, visit the GiveBIG website at wagives.org/giving-events/givebig23/. There is a sliding scale registration fee for nonprofits, which goes toward providing year-round access to the fundraising platform, tools, trainings and resources to assist nonprofits in building online fundraising campaigns, according to the press release.
For more information about the transition, visit wagives.org/giving-events/givebig23/southwestwa.