DC Giving Day Slated for November 9

So Mightycause, Community Foundation of the National Capital Region and United Way of the National Capital Area announced Give to the Max Day: Greater Washington today, a giving day for the metropolitan DC region on November 9. Our goal is to raise $3 million in individual actions, matching grants, and awards. Yours truly has been running point on the project, an effort that has been underway since June.

We’re pumped about this! We see Give to the Max Day: Greater Washington as a critical component to helping one of DC’s most important professional sectors: the nonprofit industry.

Personally, I am amped. I have lived in DC for 20 years, and this is a great way to help out the community. Hundreds of nonprofit organizations stand to benefit, and businesses that participate stand to gain significant cause marketing value. With federal spending cutting funds for organizations, jobs are being lost and societal investment is suffering.

Give to the Max Day: Greater Washington is a part of Digital Capital Week–the one Internet festival created by Peter Corbett, Jen Consalvo and Frank Gruber. DC’s traditional nonprofit community is behind the effort, too–a group of “8 Neighbors,” which includes the United Way, Community Foundation, Center for Nonprofit Advancement, Greater Washington Board of Trade, Leadership Greater Washington, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington and the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers.

With federal spending cuts and the economy restricting funds for nonprofits, jobs are being lost and societal investment suffers. Together, the 2.0 world will meet with traditional nonprofit Washington to provide an economic shot in the arm for the local nonprofit sector, charge civic pride, help local causes rally their constituents and find new ones, and heighten DC’s stature nationally as a caring, community-oriented city. If you are a metro DC-based nonprofit or citizen, please join us on November 9.

Give to the Max: Minnesota raised $14 million and $10 million in two similar events for GiveMN. Recently a similar event took place in Alexandria city that raised $100,000. We are confident we can replicate the successes of our other events. Not only did these events raise significant finances, they also created tens of thousands of individual civic actions in support of nonprofits.