Big Give SA goes off without a glitch, raises $4.6 million
Updated 8:04 pm, Friday, May 5, 2017
The final tally of the Big Give SA, an annual 24-hour online giving campaign that brings vital dollars to hundreds of nonprofits, was more than $4.6 million.
The annual drive, which started at midnight Thursday and took place around the country, prompted 31,400 donors to give $4,675,818 to 648 groups in San Antonio and the surrounding counties.
The campaign raised money for a host of helping organizations across a range of areas, from the arts and the environment to animal rescue nonprofits and schools.
Leading the pack for the most money raised was Basis Texas Schools, a group of three local charter schools that are part of a national network of charters, which pulled in more than $178,000.
Last year, after a series of technical problems, the national Give Local America website crashed and donors in San Antonio and across the country struggled to give to nonprofits. Still, the local Big Give raised $4.3 million for 1,055 nonprofits, though that amount was short of the $6 million goal.
After the flub, the campaign’s leaders held meetings with participating nonprofits to find ways to ensure that this year’s campaign avoided a similar glitch. After consulting with local tech experts, the Big Give team reviewed and selected GiveGab, a well-respected online platform, according to the Big Give website.
This year’s tally beat the $4.3 million raised in 2015. Nonprofits also competed for thousands of dollars in prize money for the most donors and other competitions.