The Green Bay Packers Foundation and Greater Green Bay Community Foundation are preparing for Give Big Green Bay, Brown County's first community-wide, 24-hour crowdfunding day.
The Green Bay Packers Foundation provided a $250,000 impact grant to help launch the program and create a matching pool of funds. The event is designed to encourage local residents to give, while transforming the way they think about and contribute to Brown County charities.
During the 24-hour crowdfunding event from noon on Feb. 27 to noon on Feb. 28, Give BIG Green Bay will collect online donations for a diverse cross-section of nonprofit organizations serving Brown County. The donations received, along with a proportionate share of the matching funds, will then be distributed directly to each nonprofit organization, allowing them to focus on what they do best.
More details on the event and how to donate, as well as which nonprofit organizations were selected to participate, are available at https://www.givebiggreenbay.org/ Those who donate during the event can choose to support any of the selected organizations.
Including the two impact grants and 213 annual grants awarded in 2017, this third impact grant brings the total awarded in grants through the Green Bay Packers Foundation to $1.55 million over the past year, which is a record for the Foundation over the course of a year.
The Foundation now has distributed more than $8.75 million for charitable purposes since it was established in 1986 by Judge Robert J. Parins, then president of the Packers Corporation, "as a vehicle to assure continued contributions to charity."
The Green Bay Packers Foundation and its annual grants is part of Green Bay Packers Give Back, the Packers' all-encompassing community outreach initiative that comprises appearances made by players, alumni, coaches and staff, youth football outreach camps, cash and in-kind donations, Make-A-Wish visits and community events.