Siouxland Big Give to lift up 100-plus nonprofit groups

October 8, 2018

Siouxland Community Foundation executive director Rebecca Krohn poses for a photo at Mary Elizabeth Child Care Center, which will be one of the beneficiaries of the first Siouxland Big Give on Tuesday.

SIOUX CITY -- Siouxland Community Foundation executive director Rebecca Krohn thought that getting 50 nonprofit organizations on board would constitute a success for the first annual Siouxland Big Give.

Then, more than 100 nonprofits signed up for the online charitable giving marathon.

“There are so many local nonprofits that do great work,” Krohn said. “Big Give day is designed to bring awareness to all of these great organizations and inspire donors to support the causes they value.”

Throughout Tuesday, all 24 hours, donors can go to SiouxlandBigGive.org and donate a minimum of $10 to organizations that run the gamut from educational organizations to health facilities to nature centers.

Siouxland Community Foundation invited 501(c)(3) public charities from Woodbury, Monona, Ida, Sioux, O’Brien and Lyon counties in Iowa, Dakota and Thurston counties in Nebraska, and Union County in South Dakota to participate in the day of giving.

The community foundation will then match the generosity of donors.

“In 2017, we awarded $1.88 million in grants to 455 Siouxland organizations, to meet community needs, and nearly $500,000 in college scholarships to 227 high school seniors,” Krohn said. “We connect people with causes that matter.”

However, the foundation had never attempted an all-day, social-media-driven campaign before.

“Other communities, like Omaha, had seen success with annual Big Give events,” Krohn said. “After touching base with some of the community’s nonprofits, we thought it was something that would work in Siouxland.

“Most charities already have their end-of-the-year programs in place,” she said. “We figured October would be the best time since summer vacations are over, kids are back in school and people may be in a generous mood.”

Krohn is especially pleased that donors can choose to support major charities like Ronald McDonald House Charities of Siouxland or smaller nonprofits like the Le Mars Iowa Little League baseball field, which experienced damage to recent flooding.

Plus the charities can generate excitement by posting updates, via Facebook and Twitter.

“Social media is changing the way people contribute,” Krohn said. “I’m sure that programs like Siouxland Big Give will soon become much more important.”

If the initial interest is any indication, many nonprofits will soon be reaping the benefits of Siouxland Big Give.

For Krohn, she’s happy that organizations like Mary Elizabeth Child Care and Preschool and Noah’s Hope Animal Rescue are among the participating organizations.

“I do like kids and I do like animals,” she said.

More importantly, Krohn is happy a great variety of organizations will benefit from Siouxland Big Give.

“A day of giving can raise new money from people who love and care about the community where they live,” she said.

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