The Time to #GiveBigPittsburgh is Almost Here
Make your donation go further through one website for giving.
photos by caite miller and cristina holtzer
You’ve probably heard of National Donut Day, Coffee Day, Pie Day. The list seems endless. What about the National Day of Giving?
Tuesday, Nov. 28, recognized nationally as Giving Tuesday, is Pittsburgh’s chance to stand out for all the right reasons. Pittsburgh Magazine is partnering with the Pittsburgh Foundation to help more than 500 Pittsburgh-area nonprofits reach their fundraising goals in a one-day philanthropy push known as #GiveBigPittsburgh.
#GiveBigPittsburgh aims to make charitable giving as easy as possible — it puts any interested local nonprofits together on one website, allowing you to simply click around and choose where you think your donation will be most well spent.
While the big push for GiveBigPittsburgh is Nov. 28, the platform will remain open until midnight, Dec. 31 for those donors who prefer to wait.
The Pittsburgh Foundation is the presenting sponsor for this first year of #GiveBigPittsburgh, and has granted $50,000 for awards, such as organization that receives the 100th donation of the day, or organization with the most donors. The prize money ranges from $500 to $2,500.
The Pittsburgh Foundation is pleased to help Pittsburgh residents use online fundraising to make a big difference, says Foundation president and CEO Maxwell King.
“And we are pleased to be able to help them continue to take advantage of it by passing the Giving Day baton to Pittsburgh Magazine,” King says.
Once participating nonprofit is Gwen’s Girls, an organization that empowers girls and young women who live in low income areas, which set a high fundraising goal for Giving Tuesday this year: $10,000. Megan Roppo, development and marketing coordinator for Gwen’s Girls, says that amount of money could allow them to provide more for the girls outside of just the basics.
“After school programs, group home, summer camp — that stuff isn’t always funded by grants,” says Roppo. “Mostly the money would go toward things that the girls are interested in that we don’t normally get the opportunity to do.”
Pittsburgh Magazine joins this campaign as a part of our effort to promote worthy causes within our community.
"Give Big Pittsburgh builds on the innate generosity of Pittsburghers and highlights our ability to come together as a community to support causes that make Pittsburgh a unique place,” says Pittsburgh Magazine publisher and Vice-President Betsy Benson.
Can’t give this year? You can still contribute. The three nonprofits that receives the most retweets, or tags on Instagram and Facebook, will win an additional $1,500. Just make sure to use #GiveBigPittsburgh in all of your posts.