In 2014, community foundations celebrate 100 years of locally-focused philanthropy. In honor of that milestone, on May 6 community foundations around the country are participating in Give Local America, a 24-hour online giving campaign.
Much like Giving Tuesday, the post-Thanksgiving day of online fundraising, the goal of Give Local America is to merge the power of philanthropy with the success of a day dedicated to online giving.
In the Bay Area, both the East Bay Community Foundation and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation are launching May 6 campaigns. The participants in East Bay Gives include Community Initiatives’ fiscally sponsored project One Day At a Time, which provides youth at risk of gang involvement with the positive role models, support network, and education they need to make good life choices.
Among the Silicon Valley Gives participants is Music Team, a CI project based on the El Sistema model, which engages students from underserved communities in an intensive, multi-year afterschool program of music education and performance.
Donations will be accepted starting at midnight on Tuesday, May 6, and in some cases donations can be scheduled in advance. All the details and participating nonprofits are on the East Bay Gives and Silicon Valley Gives websites.