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Long Beach Celebrates Fourth Annual Annual Giving Day

By Rachel Barnes, Patch

LONG BEACH, CA — Citywide online giving event Long Beach Gives celebrated its fourth annual event to raise more than $2 million for 222 local nonprofits.

The campaign kicked off on Sept. 15 and raised more than $1 million from 4,877 donations as of the morning of Sept. 22, which was the last day to donate to the event. A variety of nonprofits participated with the overall goal to support vital causes in Long Beach that help communities, the environment, abandoned animals, veterans and many other causes.

“Long Beach really came together the first three years of Long Beach Gives to support the incredible work being done by nonprofits in this city,” noted Matt Guardabascio with Long Beach Gives. “As a Long Beach native, I’m incredibly proud of the way our city showed up last year, raising more than $2 million in 2021. I’m excited to see what we do in 2022.”

Over the past three years, over 20,272 supporters have given $4.6 million to Long Beach causes. Long Beach Gives said that community support is vital to help preserve and make a difference for the things residents care most about.

The city’s biggest giving event was spearheaded by the Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation in 2019 to move nonprofits to look toward online fundraising and reach more individuals in a new online generation.

Long Beach Forward, a nonprofit dedicated to building community, knowledge, leadership and power for low-income communities of color, was one of the many causes residents contributed to. They called for community support in an email on Wednesday.
 
“Making Long Beach a city where everyone is safe and healthy means that we grow together, both across our differences and regardless of our backgrounds,” the statement said. “Support from people like you, who believe in justice, fairness, and belonging for all, has helped Long Beach Forward build community knowledge, leadership, and power with BIPOC communities.”

Donor support goes toward a variety of helpful causes including;

  • Providing shelter, food and clothing for individuals, families and seniors
  • Educate young people by offering arts and cultural opportunities
  • Advocating for social justice
  • Fighting against climate change
  • Finding homes for abandoned animals
  • Providing support for military families and veterans
  • Engaging future leaders
  • Helping individuals with disabilities find and retain employment

 

Individuals can donate at https://www.longbeachgives.org until the end of the day Thursday to contribute to the event.

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