With celebrations across the area, wide-ranging media coverage and generous community support, Give BIG Green Bay 2019 highlighted 40 local nonprofits working to change lives in the Greater Green Bay community.
The event raised a total of $1,387,860, which includes $1,075,360 of donor contributions along with $250,000 in matching funds from the Green Bay Packers Foundation and $62,500 in additional prizes and incentives. The total number of donors doubled over the program's inaugural year and drove an 82 percent increase in contributions to nonprofit organizations.
Participating nonprofits rallied their supporters to amplify the impact and increase awareness of their work with fun and creative events ranging from egg and pie challenges and tailgate parties to open houses and scheduled snuggles with shelter animals.
The Give BIG Green Bay team worked closely with participating nonprofits using social, print and broadcast media to create awareness about the event. Media, including the WIXX Murphy in the Morning show and NBC 26, helped promote the day from Give BIG Green Bay Central set up in the Lambeau Field Atrium.
Thousands of people across the country supported the event by donating online at givebiggreenbay.org.
"We're very excited by the response to Give BIG Green Bay and greatly appreciate the enthusiasm of those who donated," said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. "In this second year, we saw substantial growth in both the awareness of the participating nonprofits and the dollars raised to support their work."
"We are incredibly grateful to everyone who contributed through Give BIG Green Bay," said Dennis Buehler, President and CEO of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation. "The support you provided these critically important nonprofits will have an impact throughout our community for years to come."
The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation underwrote the program expenses, which allowed the full $250,000 Green Bay Packers Foundation grant to be allocated as matching funds. Additional matching funds and incentives were available this year, due to the generosity of Janet and Charlie Lieb, the J. J. Keller Foundation and Bellin Health. Thanks to these funding partners, every dollar donated through this exciting program went further to support important work happening in the community.
For more information, please visit givebiggreenbay.org.
About the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation:
Established in 1991, the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation has provided more than $110 million in grants since inception to improve the quality of life in Northeastern Wisconsin by supporting programs in basic needs, human services, education, arts and culture, the environment, and more. As a nonprofit charitable organization, the Community Foundation manages more than 620 funds with assets exceeding $120 million. Over the past year, $8.9 million in grants were distributed to local nonprofit organizations. Their mission is to inspire and encourage charitable giving in Northeast Wisconsin by connecting caring people with solutions that strengthen the community. www.ggbcf.org.