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SOURCE East Bay Community Foundation

Big Online Fundraising Event May 6 for East Bay Causes

OAKLAND, Calif., April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In just seven days, 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 6 event is part of a nationwide effort that may be one of the largest online fundraising events in history.

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

"As 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," said Janet  Y. Spears, the Foundation's interim President & Chief Executive Officer.

"On this one day, we're encouraging everyone to give back and to join together in the Power of Many to improve lives and communities throughout the East Bay," said Spears.

From the stroke of midnight on May 6 through the stroke of midnight on May 7, 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. 

"Many 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," she added.  

The nationwide effort, called "Give Local America," marks the centennial anniversary of community foundations in America, as well as the 85th anniversary of the East Bay Community Foundation.

The first community foundation in America was established in Cleveland in 1914.  There are now more than 700 community foundations across the U.S. 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.

East Bay Community Foundation (www.ebcf.org) transforms lives by harnessing financial capital, leadership and philanthropic expertise through the power of many: partnerships with individual donors, business, government, and private foundations.  We are especially dedicated to advancing economic opportunity for those in need and the education that leads to it.  As a leading resource on charitable giving and community needs, we manage more than 500 charitable funds and endowments.     

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