The clock starts at 8 a.m. Tuesday. For the next 36 hours—until 8 p.m. Wednesday—people can donate money to their favorite not-for-profits and see their donations doubled.
The occasion is “The Great Give 2014.” The now-annual event is run by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.
It has become so popular that now 300 not-for-profits have signed up to participate. That’s why you may have been hearing a lot about it these past few days: Many of the not-for-profits get the word out to supporters that this is the prime time to contribute. In addition to matching individual gifts, the foundation also awards grant prizes to organizations receiving the most donations. The total amount thrown in the by the foundation is to approach $150,000.
The annual event usually takes place in the fall. It takes place in the spring this year in order to coincide with a national philanthropic event sponsored by Give Local America.
The New Haven Independent and Valley Independent are among the 300 organizations to whom you can donate (through our parent not-for-profit, the Online Journalism Project). Please consider giving not just to us, but to some of the many, many other great organizations doing terrific work in New Haven, from Solar Youth and LEAP to the Arts Council, AIDS Project New Haven Children in Placement, Christian Community Action, CitySeed, Citywide Youth Coalition, Clifford Beers Clinic, Columbus House, Community Action, ConnCAT, Connecticut Food Bank, Creative Arts Workshop, Dwight Hall, East Rock Village, Elm Shakespeare, Ethnic Historical Archives Center, Fair Haven Community Health Center, Farnam Neighborhood House, Fellowship Place, Gateway Community College, Greater New Haven Business and Professional Association, the Community Loan Fund, the Labor History Association, Hannah Gray Home, Institute Library, IRIS, Jewish Family Services, JUNTA, Life Haven, Long Wharf Theatre, Love146, Mary Wade Home, Music Haven, Neighborhood Housing services, Neighborhood Music School, New Haven Ballet, New Haven Diaper Bank, New Haven Family Alliance, New Haven Farms, the Free Public Library Foundation, Healthy Start, Home Recovery, International Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven Land Trust, New Haven Legal Assistance Association, New Haven Museum, New Haven Preservation Trust, New Haven Promise, New Haven Reads, New Haven Symphony, Urban Resources Initiative, Youth Tennis, Orchard House, Orchestra New England, Pequenas Ligas Hisapans, Planned Parenthood, Progreso Latino Fund, Read to Grow, Schooner, Shubert Theater, Site Projects, Squash Haven, St. Martin DePorres Academy, Teach Our Children, the Community Foundation, the United Way, The Towers Foundation, Urban League, Visiting Nurse Association, Westville Community Nursery School, Yale-New Haven Hopsital, Yale Art Gallery, Youth Continuum and Youth Rights Media.
To name a few. You get the idea. Click here for a list of all 300 groups participating and more information about each of them and about donating.