Not only is it Cinco de Mayo, but today is Silicon Valley Gives Day in which nonprofits come together to raise money in a 24-hour period. The first ever such day last year raised over $8 million for 700 local groups and organizers are hoping to top that this year.
Giving is simple: there is a database set up of participating groups and users can search for a favorite charity, cause, or local group, then make a donation online. The website offers a filter for groups eligible for matching funds, allowing donations to go twice as far. The hardest thing is picking which groups, as many of those participating are well know and hold strong ties to the community. Our local library, the Redwood City Public Library, is on the list to raise funds for its free programs. Other groups worthy of some love include InnVision Shelter Network, the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, Project Read Menlo Park, Art in Action, and the Maker Education Initiative. Those listed, other than the Redwood City Library, all have matching fund provisions available.
If you pay using PayPal, PayPal will match 1% of your donation, too. Don’t procrastinate until late December to make sure you’ve done charitable giving for the year when donating today can really help local groups provide needed community services. Feel good in May!