Created to support nonprofits working to strengthen and improve our community, The Big Give is a 24-hour giving marathon that uses the Foundation’s online marketplace, PowerPhilanthropy,® to help thousands of people show their spirit by giving to central Ohio nonprofits they care about.
This historic giving rally is compelling evidence what a great and generous community we live in. The Spirit of Columbus is “Big” indeed.
The Big Give 2015 set a new record for the community, leveraging $15,015,821 to support 587 central Ohio nonprofits. A total of more than 19,000 donations were received from all 50 states. We offer a heartfelt THANK YOU to all who participated in The Big Give. Your generosity is inspiring and will make a difference in the lives of so many.
The Big Give 2015 saw a 40 percent increase over the last event, held in 2013, that leveraged $10.6 million. Generous donors set the pace early for giving throughout the giving rally—with more than $1.6 million flooding in during the first hour.
“The Big Give is a broad-based, grass roots effort that serves as a terrific opportunity for the whole community to come together and collectively bolster nonprofit organizations serving central Ohio. From the $1.4 million bonus pool from Foundation donors and partners to the unprecedented response from our community and beyond, this record-breaking giving rally illustrates how our community’s generous spirit is both contagious and transformative. This is a philanthropic phenomenon.”
– Douglas F. Kridler, president and CEO of The Columbus Foundation
All donations received during The Big Give were eligible for bonus pool funds on a pro rata basis, giving everyone who participated the opportunity to have their donation(s) amplified. In addition, all credit card fees were covered by The Columbus Foundation, so 100 percent of donations went directly to the nonprofits.
The Big Give was created by The Columbus Foundation in 2011 to give the central Ohio nonprofit community an economic boost. The three Big Give events have leveraged a total of $34.1 million for central Ohio nonprofits.