Tampa, Fla. (March 22, 2018) – The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, host of Give Day Tampa Bay, has announced that this year’s $50,000 in prizes will be awarded to nonprofit organizations that engage the donor base and raise funds in creative ways. Nonprofits become eligible for prizes by securing matching funds, implementing creative campaigns or gaining the most number of unique donors.
The first 50 nonprofits that secure and meet a matching donation of at least $500 on Give Day, May 1 will be eligible for one of 30 prizes of $1,000. Winners will be selected at random, and the matches must be set up in the GiveDay.org platform. Only gifts made through the platform on May 1 will count toward matching prizes.
Matching funds exponentially increase the amount of money raised by a nonprofit during Give Day. For example, a nonprofit that raises $500 and secures a $500 matching donation has already doubled the money it has raised. Couple it with one of the $1,000 matching prizes, and a nonprofit has quadrupled its fundraising efforts.
“Sponsoring Give Day is a perfect fit with our focus on helping the community effect change,” said Jose Colindres, chief operating officer, The Brink Foundation, this year’s premier sponsor for Give Day. “Nonprofits can leverage the marketing power behind Give Day to gain more exposure and to make an even greater positive impact.”
In addition to the matching prizes, the Community Foundation will again award a $5,000 Creativity prize to the nonprofit that executes the most “out-of-the-box” thinking and unique strategy. Application to apply will be available March 26 on GiveDay.org.
“Last year, we encouraged participating nonprofits to get creative, and they rose to the challenge,” said Marlene Spalten, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. “We expect them to build upon that momentum, and we look forward to seeing even more nonprofits thinking strategically about their Give Day campaigns.”
Other prizes will be awarded to the organizations that secure the most unique donors:
• $5,000 awarded by The Gobioff Foundation to the small arts and culture organization with the most unique donors (less than $500,000 operating budget).
• $5,000 awarded by The Gobioff Foundation to the large arts and culture organization with the most unique donors (more than $500,000 operating budget).
• $2,500 awarded by The DeBartolo Family Foundation to the nonprofit with the most unique donors in the animal services category.
• $2,000 awarded to the small organization with the most unique donors overall (less than $250,000 operating budget).
• $2,000 awarded to the medium organization with the most unique donors overall ($250,000-750,000 operating budget).
• $2,000 awarded to the large organization with the most unique donors overall (more than $750,000 operating budget).
Give Day prize sponsors include The Brink Foundation, The Gobioff Foundation, The DeBartolo Family Foundation, AARP, Tampa Bay Lightning, and SunTrust Bank.
Give Day Tampa Bay on Tuesday, May 1 is a 24-hour, online charitable giving challenge designed to help area nonprofits get much-needed support, and raise awareness of the good work they do in the community. Now in its fifth year, Give Day has raised nearly $7 million for hundreds of local nonprofits since its inception.
From midnight to 11:59 p.m. on May 1, local residents are encouraged to visit GiveDay.org to support causes ranging from education to the environment to animal welfare to the arts. With more than 500 nonprofits expected to register, anyone can find a nonprofit that’s working to create a better community in an area that matches his passions.
About Give Day Tampa Bay
Give Day Tampa Bay is a 24-hour online giving challenge designed to help Tampa Bay area nonprofits get much needed support and raise awareness for the good work they do in the community. Hosted by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Give Day returns May 1, 2017 with the opportunity to donate to hundreds of nonprofits operating across Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. Over the past five years, nearly $7 million has been raised for local nonprofits, and that money has stayed right here in the Tampa Bay area.
About the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay
Founded in 1990, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay connects donors, nonprofits, community and business leaders, professional advisors, volunteers and residents to make the maximum positive impact in the Tampa Bay region. For more than 25 years, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay has been dedicated to making giving easy and meaningful for donors as a way to strengthen nonprofit organizations and build a better, more vibrant community. Since its inception, its donors have enabled the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to award more than $200 million in grants to nonprofit organizations across the country.