Doing Good – 24-Hour Donation Drive

Give4Marion returns September 21st-22nd, offering a way to help deserving local nonprofits through this inventive annual day of online giving.

Last October, the Community Foundation Ocala/Marion County’s inaugural online giving blitz was a huge success, with nearly 1,200 donors giving more than $310,000 to 81 local nonprofit organizations. This year, when goes live at 10am on September 21st, organizers expect even more participation from the community.

“We hope individuals and businesses will be excited about helping our community nonprofits that need so much support right now,” says Lauren Deiorio, president/executive director of the Community Foundation. “Anyone can participate for as little as a $10 gift.”

Give4Marion is a one-day donation drive modeled after successful campaigns done by other community foundations including the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Although it was planned long before the COVID-19 pandemic, the alternative to traditional in-person fundraising events proved to be a much-needed lifeline for local charities last year.

“Many nonprofits are trying to make up for the loss of fundraising events and recurring donations while also experiencing increases in service demand,” says Deiorio. “This is where Give4Marion and community givers can play a big role in helping make up those losses.”

As simple as shopping online, the website will list participating local charities for donors to click and support.

“The needs in our community are great, but through the generosity of donors, they can support and sustain causes important to them,” Deiorio explains. “They can say, ‘I’m passionate about children and healthcare and the arts,’ and they can go and look for organizations in those areas and add a donation into their shopping cart. Ultimately, our goal is to enhance the quality of life for everyone in Marion County, and Give4Marion provides us a step in that direction.”

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