Get ready for the annual “Give Local Bay” giving campaign and help area nonprofits

BAY CITY, MI — An annual push to provide area nonprofits with a major fundraiser returns for another year. The annual “Give Local Bay” fundraiser is set to return in May 2022.

This fundraiser is led by the Bay Area Community Foundation in coordination with LiUNA Local 1098. The fundraiser aims to support nonprofits in the area by raising essential funds over a 24-hour period.

“All of our nonprofits are essential to this community,” said Diane Fong, president and CEO of the Bay Area Community Foundation. “They are on the front lines providing essential human services as well as programs and opportunities that strengthen the vibrancy of our region.”

On Tuesday, May 3, individuals are encouraged to visit and donate to one of the 49 participating organizations. Each donation earns additional matching funds from a $25,000 Bay Area Community Foundation incentive pool. According to the foundation, an additional $3,000 in prizes will be offered to nonprofit organizations throughout the event.

The event saw record donations in 2021. A total of $160,140 was raised at last year’s event from 762 total donors. However, 2021 wasn’t the only year fundraising broke records. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the event broke its previous record after over $144,000 was raised in 2020.

The minimum donation that can be made is $10. There is no limit to the amount an individual can donate. Donations can be made all day May 3 at, or by phone between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. by calling 989-893-4438.

Donations can be made to multiple organizations and nonprofits in a single transaction through the web portal. Those who are unsure which organization they would like to support are encouraged to direct their donations to an incentive pool that will help all participating organizations.

As nonprofits continue to feel the impact of COVID-19 on their operations, all public donations from Give Local Bay 2022 will be available to nonprofits shortly after the event for help meet immediate needs if necessary. All prize money and incentive dollars will be invested in the agency’s endowment fund for long-term sustainability, according to the foundation.

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