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SB COUNTY: Give BIG Web-a-thon Raises $548,214

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PE.com-May 09, 2014; 10:43 PM-Organizers of a 24-hour online donation drive benefiting regional nonprofits not only surpassed their fundraising goal, they left it in the dust.

Give BIG San Bernardino County brought in $548,214 for the 262 participating charities. The fundraising goal for the inaugural event was $300,000.

“Our county gave big and in a big way,” Supervisor James Ramos said in a statement. A total of 2,465 individuals made 3,533 donations.

Managed by The Community Foundation, Give BIG opened at 7 a.m. Thursday, May 8 and closed at 6:59 a.m. Friday. Within that timeframe, people could make donations on givebigsbcounty.org to any participating charity. Donations also could be scheduled in advance.

All of the charities that took advantage of this fundraising opportunity are located in San Bernardino County.

The $548,214 grand total included $34,000 in prize money for the top 10 charities that recorded the most new donors and the top five nonprofits that raised the most money, according to a news release from the county. That $34,000 was provided by sponsors.

The county took to Twitter to say thanks.

“Who raised more than a half a million $$? You did! You Gave BIG!” You are GREAT!” the message exclaimed.

An emergency preparedness organization, National Emergency Communications Organization Network, raised the most money. Fourteen donors gave $252,605.

The charity with the most donors was Lighthouse Project Inc. in Big Bear. A total of 222 donors contributed $15,578 to the organization, which provides free musical strings instruction for elementary school students, parenting classes, community gardens and more.

Ramos has promised to personally give an additional $1,500 to the charity in his district with the most donors. That charity is Lighthouse.

Also in the days preceding the web-a-thon, fellow Supervisor Josie Gonzalez vowed to give the nonprofit with the highest number of donors $1 for every Facebook “like” she received by the end of the campaign.

She received 505 likes, but according to the county, has offered to double her donation to Lighthouse. Story source>link

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