A major day of giving – the first annual Siouxland Big Give – will encourage area residents to support their favorite area charities Tuesday, Oct. 9 and make a difference in their Iowa communities. Donors will be asked to make contributions online Oct. 9, 12 a.m. to 12 midnight to nonprofits of their choosing listed at SiouxlandBigGive.org.
Big Give Day is held to increase public awareness of local nonprofit organizations and inspire donors to support the causes they value. The minimum donation amount is $10.
The day, inspired by others in the country, is a major initiative sponsored by the Siouxland Community Foundation. The Foundation invited participation from non-profits in its service area of Woodbury, Monona, Ida, Sioux, O’Brien and Lyon counties in Iowa, Dakota and Thurston counties in Nebraska and Union County in South Dakota. At least 50 non-profits have signed up to appear on the website and promote their needs and goals.
While the Big Give day is geared to support 50 non-profits that are 501(c)(3) public charities, it can expand if needed, according to Rebecca Krohn, Foundation executive director.
“We want to match area supporters’ passions and generosity with local nonprofit organizations already doing great work,” Krohn says. “We expect non-profits to highlight stories about the impact they make on people’s lives which will motivate new donors to give. We’re nervous but excited. A day of charitable giving can raise new money from people who love and care about the communities where they live.”
The Siouxland Community Foundation, located in the Frances Building in downtown Sioux City, celebrates its 30 year anniversary this year. It accepts charitable gifts from individuals, families, private foundations and businesses who use the Foundation to handle their charitable giving. It also annually awards scholarships and community grants. In 2017, the Foundation awarded $1.88 million in grants to 455 Siouxland organizations to meet community needs and nearly half a million in college scholarships to 227 high school seniors.
“Our community foundation connects people who care with causes that matter,” Krohn says. “Our 30th anniversary is a perfect time to take a leap forward to make an even stronger impact in Siouxland.”
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