24-Hour Anne Arundel GreatGive Starts at 7 pm TODAY

Start your engines!  A terrific local fund-raising campaign to benefit dozens of worthy nonprofits in our area starts at 7 pm today and ends at 7 -pm tomorrow.  This 24-hour opportunity not only raises money from YOU, the concerned residents of Anne Arundel County (and further afield), but awards  over $81,000 in prizes to the causes, too.

Yes, the Annapolis Community Foundation presents GreatGive, a 24-hour online fundraising event, and Homestead Garden is proud to be listed as one of the 10 Founding Circle members, in loving memory of Don Riddle, who was well known for his dedication to local causes.

How it Works

From 7 PM on May 15 to 7 PM on May, 16, 2013 the Anne Arundel County community will come together for 24 hours of generosity. During that 24-hour timeframe, individuals, businesses, and organizations can donate online here to a charity(s) of their choice. 100% of each donation to participating charities will be given to the charities.  Each donation increases the cause’s chances of getting some of that prize money, too.

The Causes

Of special concern to us at Homestead are causes supporting the Chesapeake Bay and other waterways in the county, and there are plenty of them to choose from:  Chesapeake Baysavers, Severn Riverkeepers, Watershed Stewards Academy, South River Federation, Scenic Rivers and Trust, Oyster Recovery Partnership and the Chesapeake Conservancy.  Other environmental groups worthy of support include Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails and Help Green Annapolis.

But there are so many more – nonprofits in the fields of health, education, arts and culture, business development, et cetera.  (Browse all the nonprofits here.) There’s something for everyone.  And seeing what a wealth of philanthropy and volunteerism enjoyed in Anne Arundel is inspiring, and surely will lead to more awareness of them going forward. That’s the beauty of the GreatGives campaign. 

Speaking of great online campaigns in support of worthy causes, I recently saw how much attention and needed funds can be won by using online participation and social media in smart ways.  $1 million was offered to 24 different historic sites in the Washington D.C. area (including three in Maryland), with the monies going to the sites that gained the most online votes and social media support.  At the end of two weeks of voting, needy sites had not only won important funding; they’d seen their support communities grow, and the whole cause of historic preservation was at center stage all over the Internet and in traditional media, too.  Here’s hoping that GreatGive has the same tremendous impact for Anne Arundel County causes!