Today, April 24th, is the Great Give of Palm Beach and Martin Counties. 24 hours where charities work together to raise as much money as possible.

As of 7:30 am the Great Give has raised $163,243 from 458 donors.

You can give as little or as much as you want, but you’ve got to give something! Here are some ideas for local charities that can get you started in your giving today.

1. Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, Inc.

  • $20 – All proceeds will go towards the Parks to Work Program
  • $40 – Your donation will go towards the purchase of a pair of work boots
  • $60 – A day of wages and a surprise for you
  • $100 – Work boots, a day of wages and a commemorative brick in our serenity garden

Our goal is to end homelessness in Palm Beach County by providing sufficient resources though housing, education, advocacy and community collaboration.

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2. Grassy Waters Conservancy

The Grassy Waters Conservancy mission is to support, promote and protect Grassy Waters Preserve for environmental education and research, and nature based experiences, while ensuring its ecological integrity, and in concert with its role as a regional water supply.

The Grassy Waters Preserve creates a sense of place and is recognized for sustaining a unique regional public water supply while supporting a diverse natural and cultural heritage. Grassy Waters Preserve natural, cultural, and historic resources shall be maintained for future generations, while providing appropriate high quality environmental education and research opportunities, and enhancing residents and visitors connection to and stewardship of the Grassy Waters Preserve, the City of West Palm Beach Regional Water Supply, and greater Everglades ecosystem.

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3. No More Starving Artists

No More Starving Artists Foundation is a 501 (c)3 in Palm Beach County, Florida that will help artists primarily in the county be self sustainable personally & financially through services and funding.

  • $25 – Assist an artist with submissions and applications fees.
  • $50 – Assist with professional & personal development workshops.
  • $100 – Assist with supplies and materials for workshops and classes
  • $500 – Assist with assisting non-art orgs hire artists for projects
  • $1,000 – Assist with scholarships, awards, & emergency grants
  • $5,000 – Assist with up to 20 micro-grants

The goal is to change the conversation and the mindset for artists of all disciplines in our local community. Spread knowledge that these creatives are important to our economy and tourism while at the same time providing opportunities and resources for PBC artists to succeed.

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4. Police Athletic League

The Police Athletic League (PAL) is a juvenile crime prevention program that relies heavily upon academics and recreational activities to create and maintain the bond between police officers and kids on the street.

PAL is based on the strong belief that children, if reached early enough, can develop a strong positive attitude towards police officers in their journey through life towards the goal of adulthood and good citizenship.

The aim of our efforts is to build self-esteem and resiliency in youth, and to provide positive alternatives to alcohol, tobacco, drugs, delinquency, violence, gang activity, and other negative behaviors. PAL programs include: Youth Leadership Group, football, cheer, basketball, after-school programs, and summer camp. PAL serves over 400 kids, and many of these children use the PAL center as their second home.

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5. InnerCity Innovators

Homicide is the leading cause of death for black American youth, especially those residing in inner cities of across the country. We believe that if trends like these are going to be ended, it’s going to have to come from the inside out.

Inner City Innovators, Inc. (ICI) is a 501(c)(3) Florida non-profit corporation committed to breaking the perpetual cycle of youth delinquency and gun violence in the inner city.

Founded and led by Ricky Aiken, a product of the inner city of West Palm Beach, our aim is to give youth the example and platform needed to take the safety of their community into their own hands.

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Bonus: The Bonus Pool

With 485 local nonprofits, serving essentially every need, participating in Great Give Palm Beach and Martin Counties, the Bonus Pool is a GREAT way to support them all!

How does it work? Every Great Give nonprofit that raises at least $5 will receive a percentage of the bonus pool – your gift will amplify their funds raised during the 24-hour period to make an even bigger impact! Don’t forget to check the box to cover the processing fees so 100% of your donation goes to the nonprofits!

The Bonus Pool is raised and distributed by United Way of Palm Beach County.

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