‘Give Big Kern’ launches website

Kern Community Foundation announced that the website for its “Give Big Kern” initiative, givebigkern.org, opened for business on Sunday.

KCF sets aside the first Tuesday in May “to celebrate the giving spirit of Kern County!” according to a spokesperson. This year, that day falls on May 7.

“But for early birds whose desire to give to local charities is already burning a hole in their pockets,” the portal is now open for donations.

Donors can choose from 130 charities throughout the county as the recipient of their generosity.

Indian Wells Valley beneficiaries include the Maturango Museum, China Lake Museum Foundation, Women’s Center-High Desert, Desert Community Orchestra Association, Petroglyph Foundation and the IWV Economic Development Corp.

“For procrastinators, givebig

kern.org will remain open till midnight on May 8, to allow for an extra 24 hours of giving.

In 2018 Give Big Kern helped 119 participating nonprofits raise more than $231,000 and receive close to 52,000 pledged volunteer hours.

“More than a giving day, Give Big Kern is a donor engagement tool,” said KCF President and CEO Kristen Beall. “At its core it’s a nonprofit strengthening initiative, as it helps community-based organizations increase their visibility, capacity and sustainability through a highly publicized online fundraising effort that provides much training and allows them to raise unrestricted funds while growing their donor and volunteer support bases.”

A donor can visit givebigkern. org and search for an organization to give to.

“Find your passion and donate,” said Beall.

All major credit cards are accepted, and the minimum donation is $5. All donations go straight to the designated nonprofits.

The site also features a “Volunteer” page for those who want to pledge hours toward causes of their choice.

Story First Published: 2019-04-12