On March 10, 2016, NevadaGIVES held its fifth statewide online giving event: Nevada’s Big Give. This unique event encouraged Nevadans to “give where they live” and donate to local nonprofits for 24 hours through its online platform.
Every registered 501(c)(3) organization in Nevada was eligible to register and receive donations through Nevada’s Big Give, and Clark County School District schools participated through a partnership with The Public Education Foundation. In addition to encouraging continued support for Nevadans’ favorite causes and campaigns, Nevada’s Big Give also introduces donors to new nonprofits and educational causes, attracting many first-time donations.
The 2016 campaign raised the most money in the campaign’s history: a total of $638,821 from 5,537 unique donors. Safe Nest, a nonprofit helping victims of domestic violence, raised the most cash – nearly $63,000 in one 24-hour period. Sierra Nevada College came in second with more than $47,500, and HopeLink of Southern Nevada was third with more than $18,500. Cash prizes were also awarded to the nonprofits with the greatest number of unique donors: Nevada Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (732 donors); Foster Kinship (255 donors); and Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada (243 donors). Prizewinning schools with the highest number of unique donors were Coronado High School, Dell H. Robison Middle School Soccer, and Hyde Park Middle School. Since its initial fundraising drive in 2011, Nevada’s Big Give has raised more than $2.6 million to help nonprofits throughout Nevada.
This year, Nevada State Bank was the sponsor of the “golden tickets” that were randomly awarded throughout the day of giving. Each golden ticket funded an additional $250 donation to the winning donor’s charity of choice.
“Nevada State Bank is proud to be a supporter of Nevada’s Big Give,” said Terry Shirey, President and COO of Nevada State Bank. “Nonprofits throughout the state play a vital role in improving the quality of life for our citizens and our communities, and this is a great way to remind everyone that they need and deserve our support. If each individual gives even a small donation, the cumulative effect can have a major impact.”
Nevada’s Big Give is a project of NevadaGIVES, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 2007. Its mission is to increase awareness of philanthropy, allowing people to give back in ways that are meaningful to them. NevadaGIVES supported this year’s fundraising efforts by bringing together nonprofits, schools, elected officials, and the general public for an entire day of events on March 10 in both Las Vegas and Reno to raise awareness and spread the word about how nonprofits help Nevada’s communities. The organization also provides nonprofits with year-round support through its website, www.nevadagives.org, where nonprofits and funders can celebrate good news, honor donors and volunteers, and share upcoming events. It offers digital resources on how to give back, and connects those interested in giving their time, expertise or financial resources to those organizations that can best use their talents.
“NevadaGIVES believes in the power of each person to make a positive difference in our community. Nevada’s Big Give celebrates that positive impact and promotes charitable giving by providing an online platform through which to support your favorite nonprofits or search for new causes,” said Diana Morgan, NevadaGIVES Board President.
For more information about NevadaGIVES, visit www.NevadaGIVES.org.
The information provided is presented for general informational purposes only and does not constitute tax, legal or business advice. Any views expressed in this article may not necessarily be those of Nevada State Bank, a division of ZB, N.A.
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