By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley) – Today, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, The Community Foundation, business leaders, nonprofit organizations and sponsors are joining together to launch Give BIG San Bernardino County, a historic online giving campaign.
Give BIG San Bernardino County is a 24-hour online web-a-thon beginning at 7 a.m. on May 8, 2014 and ending at 7 a.m. on May 9, 2014 with a goal of raising $300,000 for local nonprofits and inspiring donors to become lifetime philanthropists. As they prepare for the campaign, charities and nonprofits throughout the county are learning new skills in marketing and how to use social media to enhance their fundraising efforts.
Michael Perry, regional leader of the nonprofit groups in the San Bernardino Mountains, says participants across the county were trained in existing and emerging social media fundraising techniques that will benefit their causes for years to come.
“The Give BIG San Bernardino County campaign is a way for nonprofits to achieve a stable donor base resulting in long-term stability,” Perry said.
Donors don’t have to wait until May 8 to log on at www.givebigsbcounty.org and schedule a contribution. Donors can choose from more than 250 San Bernardino County nonprofits representing children, families, veterans, seniors and animals, just to name a few. Donations through Give BIG San Bernardino County to nonprofit organizations are tax deductible. Contributions may be made via credit and debit card only and cannot be refunded.
At today’s launch, San Bernardino County Supervisors James Ramos, Josie Gonzales, The Community Foundation’s President and CEO Dr. Jonathan Lorenzo Yorba will encourage citizens to get involved and support their favorite local nonprofit or cause. More than 20 percent of people in San Bernardino County, including one of every four children, live below the poverty line. Nonprofit organizations in the county receive an average of just $3 per county resident in private foundation grants – which is only 2.5 percent of the statewide average of $119 per person.
Those statistics should inspire people to get involved, said Nanette Peykani, executive director of the Highland Area Chamber of Commerce. She was one of the first sponsors of Give BIG San Bernardino County.
“It just makes sense to support the Give BIG San Bernardino County campaign,” Peykani said. “Supporting charities in our community helps to improve the economic base of our county.”
Sponsors of Give Big San Bernardino County include the Los Angeles News Group, Lewis Group of Companies, KVCR, Loma Linda University Health, Baker’s Drive Thru, Bank of America, Southern California Gas Co., Inland Empire 66ers, Vivid Lizard, Crafton Hills College, Andrew Brinker Web Development, The 20/20 Network, The California Endowment, United Parcel Service, Inland Empire Economic Partnership, Highland Area Chamber of Commerce, the Santa Margarita Water District, Arrowhead Country Club, Redlands Community Hospital Foundation and San Antonio Hospital Foundation.