3rd Annual “East Bay Gives” Takes Place May 3

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24-Hour online giving blitz aims to mobilize generosity of East Bay residents to support 500 local nonprofits

On May 3, thousands of East Bay residents are expected to participate in the 3rd annual “East Bay Gives,” a 24-hour online giving blitz in support of nonprofit organizations throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Since 2014, East Bay Gives has given people a chance to make a tremendous philanthropic impact in East Bay communities, raising $850,000 for 500 nonprofits.

“We are excited to once again rally thousands of people to raise money for the local nonprofits that make the East Bay a special place to live, work and thrive,” said James W. Head, CEO, East Bay Community Foundation, which organizes the event as part of Give Local America. “This year, we are aiming to ignite the generosity of even more donors and inspire them to give back and give local.”

The online platform is a simple and safe way to donate to nonprofits doing essential work in the East Bay in education, health, youth development, the arts and much more. From midnight on May 3 to midnight on May 4, anyone can use his or her desktops, laptops or mobile devices to go to http://www.eastbaygives.org. Then, donors simply select and contribute to one or more participating nonprofit organizations. More than 500 nonprofits have signed up this year.

“Last year, we raised almost $18,000, helping to support vulnerable children and families in need of stability, safety, and wellbeing,” said Jennifer Harper, who works with the Oakland-based foster care agency, Alternative Family Services. “For a foster child, going to summer camp or participating in a sport, art or music program can be life changing.”

Who: More than 500 nonprofit organizations in Alameda and Contra Costa counties will benefit from this one-day giving blitz, including nonprofits focusing on arts and culture, education, environment, community improvement, health and human services, and youth development.

When: Tuesday, May 3, 2016
12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.

Where: http://www.eastbaygives.org


About The East Bay Community Foundation

The East Bay Community Foundation is a leading resource for mobilizing financial resources and community leadership to transform the lives of people in the East Bay with pressing needs. The foundation focuses on supporting young children succeed with a focus on the critical period of birth to third grade, and enhancing economic opportunities for adults and families, particularly those with significant barriers to achieving employment and financial stability. For more information: http://www.ebcf.org.

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