After a successful launch in 2018, the Green Bay Packers Foundation and Greater Green Bay Community Foundation's Give BIG Green Bay community giving day is returning for a second year.
A kickoff event at the Lambeau Field Atrium in January introduced the 40 nonprofits that will participate in the community-wide giving day from noon on Feb. 20 until noon on Feb. 21.
The event is designed to encourage local residents to give, while transforming the way they think about and contribute to Brown County charities. Through the generosity of 1,718 donors, last year's event raised $805,610 to support 31 nonprofits.
This year, the Packers Foundation has again provided a $250,000 impact grant to create a matching pool of funds, and Bellin Health, Janet and Charlie Lieb and the J. J. Keller Foundation have provided additional matching funds and incentives, resulting in a total of $312,500 in matching funds and incentives – a $97,500 increase over last year.
During Give BIG Green Bay, people everywhere can donate to support the work of any of the 40 local organizations by visiting giveBIGgreenbay.org. This online giving platform makes it easy to contribute any amount to make a BIG difference in Brown County. The Give BIG Green Bay team will work closely with participating nonprofits using social, print and broadcast media to create awareness about this exciting 24-hour event. Additionally, participating nonprofits will rally their supporters to amplify the impact.
"We're fortunate to live in a community with impactful nonprofit agencies and leaders who are dedicated to serving the residents of Brown County," said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. "We are also proud to work with the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation to encourage everyone to learn more about the important work of local nonprofits and to donate, at any level."
A diverse cross-section of organizations serving Brown County were selected, and all funds will be distributed directly to the agencies, allowing them to focus on what they do best. More than 60 percent of the participating nonprofits in Give BIG Green Bay 2019 are first-time participants. The combination of experienced and new nonprofits is sure to bring a powerful energy to this giving day.
"Give BIG Green Bay is a shining example of how we are rethinking ways to create a stronger community and connect people directly with the organizations who are on the front lines addressing some of our most pressing needs," said Dennis Buehler, President and CEO of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation. "Please join us in celebrating and supporting their important work."
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. Our mission is to inspire and encourage charitable giving in Northeast Wisconsin by connecting caring people with solutions that strengthen our community. www.ggbcf.org.
The 2019 Give BIG Green Bay Nonprofit Partners are listed below by cause:
Arts & Culture
Environment & Conservation
Health & Wellness
Hunger & Homelessness
Military & Law Enforcement
Recreation & Sports
For more information, please visit http://givebiggreenbay.org.