Last week I attended a Riverside School of the Arts fundraising event at the Cesar Chavez Center in Riverside. It was an opportunity to see for myself the great work the staff is doing to help our young people expand their creativity, develop stronger self-esteem, learn positive habits, and develop critical intellectual skills and creativity through an arts curriculum. And as a kick-off to Give BIG Riverside County, being held today, it was an opportunity to give a donation to help the City of Riverside Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department pay for instructors in Art, Poetry, Creative Writing, Photography, Ballet, Hula, Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet Folkorico, Rock, Drum, Guitar, Keyboard, and Glee Club.
Starting midnight Thursday, supporters of Riverside County nonprofits can go online, connect with causes they care about like the Riverside School of the Arts, and make a donation. During each hour for 24 hours, one donation made during that hour timeframe has a chance of receiving a “Golden Ticket.” When that randomly selected donation wins the “Golden Ticket,” the charity that the donation was given to will receive an additional $250 in prize money.
In addition, nonprofit organizations can compete for prize money. The first place organization on each leaderboard will receive $5,000, 2nd place $4,000, 3rd place $3,000, 4th place $2,000, and 5th place $1000, 6th place will receive $900, 7th place $800, 8th place $700, 9th place $600 and 10th place will receive $500.
There is an additional incentive to donate specifically to the Riverside School of the Arts since two donors have pledged to match funds raised up to $5,000 each.
Last year’s 24 hour event raised $312,504 for 113 nonprofits. This year organizers have a goal of raising $350,000 for the 170 nonprofits registered to participate. All donations on www.giveBIGriversidecounty.org are made to the Razoo Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that permits donors to advise a re-granting of their donations to qualified charitable organizations. Please note that 95.1% of your donation will be disbursed to nonprofits participating in Give BIG Riverside County.
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