Donors from DeKalb County and around the world can give back during Give DeKalb County on May 4, 2017. This is the fourth consecutive year that a 24-hour giving day is being coordinated by the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership (DCNP). The previous three giving days have raised over $773,000 with donations coming from donors in 30 different states and five different countries.
Seventy-seven nonprofit organizations and six endowment funds are participating in Give DeKalb County resulting in 83 unique options for donors to consider. Registered organizations and funds can be found at givedekalbcounty.org.
Local donors are excited to express their generosity and support their favorite nonprofit organizations on May 4.
“Give DeKalb County is a showcase for the outstanding local nonprofits that are providing essential services to area residents,” said Paul Callighan of DeKalb. “Hopefully, this special day inspires people to recognize the good works of these agencies through donations which are automatically increased through the bonus pool of dollars available.”
A bonus pool of more than $52,000 was raised ahead of time and each donation made during Give DeKalb County is boosted by a percentage of these additional funds. The bonus pool is made possible by the generous support of Community Partners, including: DeKalb County Community Foundation, State Farm—Keicher Insurance Agency, Morningstar Media Group, The Suter Company, IDEAL Industries, First Midwest Bank, KishHealth System—now part of Northwestern Medicine, the Keleher Family Endowment Fund, Horizons Unlimited Castle Advised Fund, Curran Family Endowment Fund, Dan and Kathy Schewe, Lynne Waldeland, and Paul Callighan.
Others involve the whole family in Give DeKalb County by teaching youth about philanthropy.
“We support Give DeKalb County because we believe in teaching our children to give back,” said Kristin Miller of Sycamore. “This day of giving is an opportunity for our kids to get excited about saving their own, hard-earned money to support important causes in our community.”
Donations can be made from midnight to midnight on May 4 at www.givedekalbcounty.org. Donors may also choose to give by cash or check at the DeKalb County Community Foundation between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on May 4. The minimum donation amount is $5.
“We always look forward to Give DeKalb County. It’s such an easy way for the community to support our mission, and every gift has a greater impact with the matching funds,” said Bob Shipman, Executive Director of Opportunity House. “The monies raised through Give DeKalb County add quality of life for the people we serve, helping them lead happy, healthy, and productive lives.”
Other nonprofit leaders appreciate the collaborative spirit of Give DeKalb County.
“Give DeKalb County is a great way for the nonprofit community to rally together to spread excitement and awareness for our causes. It’s fun to be a part of something bigger to make DeKalb County a better place,” said Heather Dunker, Marketing and Communications Director for the Kishwaukee Family YMCA.
Generous local media support has helped spread the word about Give DeKalb County. Media Sponsors include: Shaw Media, Morningstar Media Group, LePrint Express, DeKalb County Online, Orange Peel Gazette, Banner Up Signs, Provident Direct, B95 WDKB-FM, Lehan Drugs, DeKalb County Historical – Genealogical Society, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce, Sandwich Area Chamber of Commerce, and Sycamore Chamber of Commerce.
DCNP Manager, Ben Bingle said, “Thank you to our Community Partners, Media Sponsors, and everyone planning to donate on May 4. Your support helps empower nonprofits as they provide services and programming that enhances the quality of life right here in DeKalb County.”