Long Beach, Calif. –
Long Beach Gives is sponsoring its fourth annual online giving event, which began accepting gifts in advance on September 15.
Long Beach Gives is the city’s annual online giving event where community members can donate to any charitable organization of their choosing. This year, the event takes place on Thursday, September 22, from midnight to midnight. In addition, extended giving concludes on Friday, September 23 at 10 a.m.
Their website contains more than 15 pages of non-profit organizations that focus on arts, education, youth, and food security. The organization exceeded its $2 million goal last year and hopes to raise over $2.2 million with the 232 member NGOs this year. Their overall objective is to encourage community members and companies to support NGOs for the vital services they provide.
Since 2019, we have raised little more than $4.6 million for NGOs. Matt Guardabascio, the campaign manager for Long Beach Gives, remarked that the organization’s development over the years has been astounding. “I believe we raised over $850,000 in the first year and then over $1.5 million in the second year, so we about quadrupled what we did in the first year.”
All participating organizations must provide services or conduct programming within the city of Long Beach. Jazz Angels is one of the participating nonprofit organizations. They intend to provide opportunity for youngsters to hear and learn about jazz, as well as encourage them to play and provide opportunities for them to perform.
Three years ago, we began participating in Long Beach Gives. Barry Cogert, the executive director of Jazz Angels, stated, “We’re thrilled to be a part of that initiative, and it’s been quite effective to connect with these other NGOs.” “Long Beach Gives sheds a light on organizations in the city, and I don’t know whether we’d have that light without them (LBG). It connects charitable organizations so we may share ideas and interact.” Volunteering one’s time or donating old or broken instruments to be fixed so they can be used by the Jazz Angels’ youth participants is an alternative to monetary donations.
Julie Meenean, the executive director of the Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation, began Long Beach Gives as a graduate school project in March 2018 and subsequently joined with other organizations to establish what it is today. Guardabascio stated, “The nonprofit sector reaches every area of this city, and I believe the past few years have demonstrated why it’s essential to have a robust nonprofit sector that is nimble and able to pivot in times of crisis.” “I believe that, especially in times of inflation, those with the ability to give are in a position to have a tremendous impact right now.”