San Bernardino – On Thursday, November 29, donors from across the region and beyond gave $315,759 to 102 nonprofits in just 24 hours, during this year’s Give BIG San Bernardino County event, surpassing last year’s contributions by nearly $45,000.
Commenting on this year’s generous contributions, San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood shared, “I’m proud of the people of San Bernardino County who show time and time again that they are committed to supporting the causes and charities they believe in.”
He continued, “The nonprofits in this county have done an outstanding job of learning innovative and creative ways to attract new donors throughout all of the Give BIG campaigns and have translated those skills into raising more dollars to help their communities.”
The annual fundraising event is stewarded by The Community Foundation and its Interim President and CEO, Paula Myles. She echoed Lovingood’s sentiments: “San Bernardino County came together, in 24 hours, to raise funds and awareness of our local nonprofits. Through the support of the County of San Bernardino and all of our other wonderful sponsors, community partners, and volunteers, Give BIG San Bernardino County was a success.”
The Community Foundation reported a total of 5,032 donations. The donation amounts ranged from $5 to $11,000. The largest gift was given to Ovation School for the Performing Arts in Upland. Lighthouse Project, Inc. in Big Bear received the greatest number of donations (685).
Also this year, thanks to funding and support from the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors and the contributions of generous supporters, Give BIG San Bernardino County also provided valuable training to nonprofits in the use of social media, cultivating relationships with donors, media/marketing, grant-writing, and raising much-needed funds from online donors.
This year’s event sponsors included the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (Title Supporter), The California Endowment, Southern California Edison, Cardenas Markets, NBC4 Southern California, California State University San Bernardino, Union Bank, Press Enterprise, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Redlands Daily Facts, Inland Empire Magazine and KCAA Radio.
In only four years, Give BIG San Bernardino County has raised more than $1.3 million for local organizations in every nonprofit sector, from youth programs and housing to animal welfare and the environment. For a list of this year’s nonprofit participants, visit https://givebigsbcounty.razoo.com/giving-events/sbc17/results.