Thank you for supporting Give Local Bay 2020!

Thanks for helping raise more than $144,000 for our nonprofit community!

Wow. You helped make history on May 5 with our biggest giving day yet! We can’t thank you enough!

Our sixth annual Give Local Bay raised more than $144,000 for local nonprofit organizations. In 2019, $50K was raised by the community. This year, more than $116K was raised by the community and matched with $28,000 from the Bay Area Community Foundation in incentive funds and prizes. These dollars help respond to immediate needs and help build long-term growth for some of our greatest community assets.

“Give Local Bay provided a way for us to unite in a positive way as a community. The generosity and the outpouring of support we saw is a recognition and celebration of the critical work our nonprofits do day in and day out. Great things happen when we come together,” said Diane Fong, president and CEO of the Bay Area Community Foundation.

Throughout the day, individuals made donations online and over the phone to support their favorite organizations. While an initial goal of $55,000 was set ($5k more than last year), new goals had to be set as donors helped surpass each one.

The Bay Area Community Foundation provided an additional $25,000 incentive pool as well as $3,000 in additional fund prizes. The organizations that raised the most money during the event are BaySail, Bay City Players, and Ye Olde Courthouse/Arenac County Historical Society. Final leaderboards can be viewed at

Unique to this year, more than $4,000 was also raised for the COVID-19 Community Response Fund at the Bay Area Community Foundation which is awarding grants to local nonprofits to help the people and families who are most impacted by the pandemic and the economic consequences of the outbreak.

Bay City Rowing Club won the LiUNA-Local 1098 sponsor prize by being the first to surpass $1,098 in online gifts. Bay City Hall Maintenance Fund won the “Most Creative Post” prize for a video the City of Bay City produced about coming together to support the community. You can view the video on the Bay City Government’s Facebook page.

The Bay Area Community Foundation would like to thank presenting sponsor LiUNA—Local 1098; prize sponsor Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; community sponsors Fifth Third Bank, McLaren Bay Region, Rowley’s Wholesale, and Warner Norcross + Judd; and the community for their incredible support throughout the day.

Participating organizations include:

Arenac County Historical Society – Jennings Family Fund
Bay Area Women’s Center
Bay Arts Council
Bay City Hall Maintenance and Restoration Fund: City of Bay City
Bay City Players
Bay City Public Schools Work-Based Learning
Bay City Rowing Club
Bay Community Tennis Association
Bay County Habitat for Humanity
Bay County Historical Society
Bay County Library System
Bay County Vietnam Veterans Monument Fund
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Great Lakes Bay Region
Camp Fish Tales
Carroll Park
Child Abuse & Neglect (CAN) Council Great Lakes Bay Region – Bay County
Come Play by the Bay Playscape
Disability Services Resource Center
Dow Bay Area Family YMCA
Friends of the Arenac Heritage Route Authority
Friends of the Pere Marquette Depot
Good Samaritan Rescue Mission
Hell’s Half Mile Events
Hidden Harvest
Humane Society of Bay County
Imagination Library Designated Fund
Junior Achievement of North Central Michigan
Leadership Bay County
Literacy Council of Bay County
Nate and Mary Ida Doan Santa House
Nate Doan Park Endowment Fund
Pinconning Bandshell
Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy
Saginaw Bay Community Sailing Association
Skatepark Endowment Fund
Spray Park Designated Fund
State Theatre of Bay City/Bay County
Studio 23/The Arts Center
Studio 23/The Arts Center Mural Fund
The Friends of the Historic Masonic Temple, Bay City
United Way of Bay County
Wenonah Park Maintenance and Operations Fund
Ye Olde Courthouse/Arenac County Historical Society
YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region

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