Give More 24! calls for nonprofit participants

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Local nonprofits serving Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania counties can register to virtually participate in the annual Give More 24! fundraiser hosted by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington.

The campaign is a 24-hour online giving event where people can donate to various local nonprofits and others from outside the area. Last year, 6,620 donors gave funds to 225 organizations, which totaled $2.9 million.

When fundraising shifted online due to COVID-19 last year, nonprofit participation increased by 33 percent, stated a news release.

Janie Spurgeon, chief development officer of Give More 24!, said groups are still feeling pinched by increased needs, operational shifts and the loss of vital revenue streams.

“Last year was very difficult on the nonprofit sector, and we were concerned about Give More 24! happening amid the pandemic and multiple wildfires,” Spurgeon said. “Our community responded by giving even more. Now we’re aiming to build on that momentum so that nonprofits can continue the essential work of helping our communities recover and rebuild.”

Nonprofits must register before June 30 at GiveMore24.org. To participate, the organization must hold 501(c)(3) public charity status.

Nonprofit participants can access online resources to build a fundraising campaign using peer-to-peer support and social media guides.

Those interested can make tax-deductible donations on Sept. 23 through a secure online form. The website will track gifts in real-time.

The fundraiser started seven years ago. Since then, it has gathered 300 nonprofits and more than $9 million for local causes.

The Community Foundation, established in 1984, aims to grow philanthropic investments through its 325 different funds.

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