Record-breaking year for Go Big Give

It was another record breaking year for Go Big Give.
It was another record breaking year for Go Big Give.(
Updated: May. 7, 2021 at 9:13 AM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Heartland United Way and Greater Grand Island Community Foundation hosted the 8th annual Go Big GIVE event on Thursday, May 6 with a record-breaking total.

Go Big Give raised over $1,306,843 with 5,023 donations for 142 local nonprofits in Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick Counties.

Nebraska Christian Schools Foundation raised the most money with $125,039. Right behind them was Grand Island Central Catholic Development Foundation with $107,125. The Edgerton Exploit Center came in third with $86,794.


Go Big GIVE’s first give day raised $250,000 in 2014. This year’s total is a million dollars more than GBG’s inaugural year.

In 8 years, Go Big GIVE has raised a total of $4,641,118 plus this year $1,306,843 which has impacted over 202 nonprofit organizations in the four county area.

Sponsors have contributed over $544,000 in match pool funds and incentives. Generous sponsor support provided over $134,000 in match pool funds and incentive prizes this year.

Lead sponsors were Hornady, Eihusen Foundation, Associated Staffing, Sherwood Foundation, Wolbach Foundation, JBS along with Greater Grand Island Community Foundation and Heartland United Way. Donations for the nonprofit organizations grew with the match pool funds and friendly competitions for incentive prizes.

Prize winners awarded to date are listed online at under “Leaderboards.”

Additional prizes will be awarded when totals are finalized.

Go Big GIVE is a 24-hour online giving event that encourages everyone to be a philanthropist by simply visiting and making a gift to multiple nonprofits. Donors also had the opportunity to support them all with a single gift.

Additional goals for the one day giving event were to: help increase the visibility for local organizations; increase use of social media; attract new donors through the use of an online giving platform; and to educate and engage more people to volunteer or be involved in supporting nonprofits year-round.

The Heartland United Way and Greater Grand Island Community Foundation wish to express their deep gratitude to the generous sponsors and donors for their incredible support for Go Big GIVE and the 142 participating nonprofit organizations.

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