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May 6, 2014 > East Bay Community FoundationÕs one-day giving spree

East Bay Community FoundationÕs one-day giving spree

Submitted By Severn Williams

The East Bay Community Foundation is sponsoring a special, one-day giving spree aimed at attracting donations to nearly 150 nonprofit organizations doing great work in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. The May 6th event is part of a nationwide effort that may be one of the largest online fundraising events in history.

Called ÒEast Bay Gives,Ó the event, according to the Foundation, is an innovative experiment in crowd funding, in which many community foundations are simultaneously participating nationwide.

The following Greater Tri-City organizations will be participating:

Fremont:
Abode Services
Fremont Symphony Orchestra
HERS Breast Cancer Fdn.
Kidango, Inc.
Math Science Nucleus

Hayward:
Community Child Care Coordinating Council of Alameda County
Family Emergency Shelter Coalition (FESCO)
Hayward Literacy Plus
RubyÕs Place, Inc.
South Hayward Parish
Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, Inc.

San Leandro:
CALICO
Building Futures with Women and Children

ÒAs part of our role as a leader broadening and deepening charitable giving in the East Bay and changing the lives of disadvantaged and underserved people, we aim to support important causes and needs these organizations are addressing,Ó said Janet Y. Spears, the FoundationÕs interim President & Chief Executive Officer.

From the stroke of midnight on May 5th through the stroke of midnight on May 6th, anyone can go to www.eastbaygives.org and contribute to one or more participating nonprofit organizations doing outstanding work in education, economic development, youth causes, the environment, health, the arts, and more.

The site contains everything you need to know about how to donate, background on participating nonprofits, and how East Bay Gives works, said Spears.

The East Bay Community Foundation, one of the oldest charitable institutions in northern California, and one of largest sources of philanthropic support for the East Bay, was established in 1928. ÒMany people wrongly believe that you have to be wealthy to give back and have an impact, but the truth is, the combination of many smaller donations can make a huge difference,Ó Spears added.

To donate, please visit www.eastbaygives.org.

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