Burke County United Way (BCUW) is excited to announce 1BurkeGives, a 24-hour online fundraising event on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, which will provide other Burke County nonprofit organizations the opportunity to raise funds, reach new potential donors, boost their own visibility exponentially, and offer a central location for residents of Burke to give back.
This year, BCUW recognized that fundraising efforts for all nonprofits in Burke County have been a major challenge, with fundraising events having been canceled or changed significantly because of COVID-19. BCUW has responded to this need by purchasing an online donation platform (1BurkeGives at 1burkegives.org) which will be active for one single Day of Giving, and providing the platform to nonprofits to solicit their own donations on that day. This opportunity is open to ALL 501(c)(3) nonprofits in Burke County (previous BCUW partner-agency status is not required). The platform will include leaderboards, prizes to participating nonprofits, peer-to-peer fundraisers, and donors tracking at NO COST to participating organizations. The money participating nonprofits raise will go directly to their agency.
“We aren’t the only ones who saw an increase in need and decrease in donors,” said VP of Communications and BCUW board member Jean VanNoppen. “1BurkeGives provided the perfect opportunity for the nonprofits of Burke County to come together and make a bigger impact during a challenging time. This combined effort gives all our nonprofits a safe, socially-distanced way to hold an event, raise funds, grow, and present a refreshing new effort to the community. Our mission is at its core, to serve Burke County. 1BurkeGives fulfills that mission and creates an event we can all benefit from.”
What is Giving Day?
Giving Days are 24-hour online fundraising challenges that aim to rally communities around a particular region, cause, event, or university.
Founded in 2012, Giving Tuesday is held on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year, #GivingTuesday, falls on December 1, 2020. Giving Tuesday is celebrated worldwide as a day dedicated to philanthropy through charitable giving.
While some organizations around Burke County have held independent Giving Tuesdays (or Giving Days) on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, BCUW aims to create a collaborative event where community organizations and members can come together virtually and make a bigger impact in Burke County.
Nonprofit organizations interested in participating in 1BurkeGives may call Burke County United Way at 828-433-0681, email Executive Director Maureen “Mo” Schwind at firstname.lastname@example.org, or register at burke1gives.org.