Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties, a 24-hour giving push, raised $3 million for local nonprofits and charitable groups, officials said Friday.
The community-wide event, now in its 3rd year, is designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in a single day. More than 500 organizations in Palm Beach and Martin counties participated in this year’s campaign, which was led by the Community Foundation Palm Beach and Martin Counties, the United Way of Palm Beach County and United Way of Martin County.
The 504 participating nonprofits started collecting donations at midnight on Tuesday.
Despite a glitch with the online contribution system that impacted giving nationwide for roughly 10 hours, nonprofits in Palm Beach and Martin counties were able to raise more than they did last year, said Lexi Savage, the senior vice president of communication and resource development for the United Way of Palm Beach County.
Last year, local organizations collected $2.86 million through the online contribution system.
“All we could do is make the best of a bad situation,” Savage said of the computer glitch. “It was out of everyone’s control.”
Savage said local nonprofits are still tallying their contributions. As of Friday, groups had reported more than 10,000 individual contributions totaling more than $3 million. A final tally is expected to be released later this month.
Every local gift will be multiplied with additional dollars from a bonus pool raised by the Community Foundation.
Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties is part of the largest online giving event in history, joining with more than 100 community foundations across the country in partnership with Give Local America to raise millions of dollars for the greater good.
Last year’s event raised $53 million nationally.