Jones Co. non-profits take part in Great Give Day

     The Jones County Community Foundation (JCCF), an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque (CFGD), is pleased to announce Great Give Day on Thursday, May 11.

     Hosted by the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, this 24-hour, online-only giving day shines a spotlight on Northeast Iowa’s many non-profits while helping them to attract new donors and build online fundraising capabilities for long-term success. The event is open to all non-profit organizations with endowment funds at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. This year, 150 non-profits throughout Dubuque, Allamakee, Clayton, Delaware, Jackson, Jones, and Clinton Counties will be participating.

     On Thursday, May 11, community members are invited to visit www.greatgiveday.org and support their favorite participating Northeast Iowa non-profits with online donations of $10 or more. All gifts will go directly to the non-profits, helping them to qualify for prize dollars from local corporate sponsors during contests held throughout the day. All donations must be made online with a credit/debit card or, new this year, with a banking account. Beginning on April 20, community members may also schedule gifts ahead of time through the website to be automatically processed at midnight on May 11.

     All Great Give Day donations are 100 percent tax deductible. Gifts of $50 or more to non-profits that are directing donations to their endowment funds are also eligible for the generous Endow Iowa 25 percent state tax credit. Community members can search by “Gift Type” at www.GreatGiveDay.org to see which donations are eligible for the Endow Iowa credit.

     On May 11, the leaderboard at www.GreatGiveDay.org will reflect all donations in real time so donors can track the total amount raised, as well as the progress of their favorite organizations. Visitors can search for non-profits by organization name, zip code, or category (such as animals or education).

     Throughout the day, non-profits will compete for hourly and grand prizes funded by local sponsors. Community members can view the prize schedule at www.GreatGiveDay.org to see when their donations might help their favorite non-profits win additional dollars. For prize updates, listen to radio stations 92.9 KAT FM, AM 1379 KDTH, 97.3 The ROCK and 101.1 The River and follow the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque on Facebook and Twitter (@dbqfoundation).

     “Great Give Day is a day dedicated to learning about and supporting local nonprofits online,” said Wendy Steffen, CFGD non-profit partnership coordinator. “The Internet makes it easy and convenient to donate to meaningful causes. It’s our hope that Great Give Day will encourage community members to give online just as much as they shop on Amazon or socialize on Facebook.”

     Online community giving days have been growing in popularity throughout the country since 2009, with some events in larger cities raising millions of dollars for non-profits in a single day. Great Give Day is part of a national online giving day called Give Local America, which brings community foundations across the country together to raise money for local non-profits.

     Great Give Day is presented by the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and presenting sponsors Theisen’s Home*Farm*Auto; Dupaco; American Trust & Savings Bank; Dubuque Bank & Trust; Klauer Manufacturing; the Foundation for the Future of Delaware County; and the Allamakee County Community Foundation. Media sponsors include Telegraph Herald and Radio Dubuque.

     This year, 12 Jones County non-profits are participating:

     Amber Community Club

     Anamosa Community School Foundation

     Anamosa Library & Learning Center

     Aquin Catholic Elementary

     Camp Courageous

     Cascade FFA Alumni

     Friends of Jones County Conservation & Nature Center

     Iowa State Extension Jones County

     Jones County Historical Society

     Jones County Safe and Healthy Youth Coalition

     Jones Regional Medical Center Foundation

     Jones Soil & Water Conservation District

     For more information, visit www.GreatGiveDay.org, follow the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque on social media (@dbqfoundation); or call the Foundation at 563-588-2700.

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