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Lovingood: Help Your Neighbors, Give BIG May 8

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– With the Thursday deadline looming, 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood urged residents to consider donating to Give BIG, the one-day online giving campaign intended to benefit 150 nonprofit organizations that serve the needs of local residents.

“Funding for local nonprofits is key to continuing their necessary work,” said Lovingood. “An Irvine Foundation study a few years ago found that the Inland Empire receives $16 in grants per person per year. But the statewide average is six times more — $102. So I encourage everyone to contribute to the Give BIG campaign.”

With a goal of $300,000 in donations for nonprofits, Give BIG is a 24-hour web-a-thon from 7 a.m. May 8 to 6:59 a.m. May 9. Donations may be scheduled any time before the event closes at GiveBigSBCounty.razoo.com.

The Give BIG campaign follows a growing trend of 24-hour online and technology based fund-raising efforts. The purpose of the Give BIG campaign is not only to raise money for nonprofits in a single 24-hour period, but to provide training and structure to help nonprofits continue to market their causes and raise funds in the future particularly through the use of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Having a successful non-profit sector is key to achieving the Countywide Vision identified by residents and other key community stakeholders. Nonprofit organizations provide health and social services to the county’s most vulnerable residents and contribute to the economic health and social well-being of the county. However, nonprofit agencies in San Bernardino County are severely underfunded and struggling to provide critical services. A study conducted by the James Irvine Foundation reports that “lack of capacity is the region’s key nonprofit issue.”

To schedule a donation, click on GiveBigSBCounty.razoo.com.

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