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‘Big Give Houston’ Wants You to Give Local

Big-Give-Houston-2016-1Over 200 local nonprofits are set to benefit from Houston’s first giving day – Big Give Houston.

Big Give Houston is a 24-hour online fundraising event that celebrates the work of local nonprofits; all are encouraged to give to the nonprofit, or nonprofits, of their choice from midnight to midnight on Tuesday, May 3rd.

Giving days are local time sensitive fundraisers held throughout the country with the support of Give Local America. Out of the 50+ local giving days taking place this year, Houston is the first and only event organized solely by volunteers.

“Our community has a huge heart. We’re excited to put Big Give Houston on the map and see how much we can raise when we work together for 24 hours,” said Megan Ortiz, local marketing executive, and Big Give Houston founder. “The recent rain provides the perfect example of the collaboration amongst our community, as well as highlights the critical services many nonprofit organizations provide in our time of need.”

In the 2015 Charity Navigator Metro Market Study, Houston received the top spot amongst 30 peer markets for philanthropic giving. Other Texas communities, such as Austin and North Texas have raised $8.5 million to $33 million, respectively, during their most recent giving day.

Big Give Houston is a great opportunity to balance ease with excitement. We hope the $10 minimum donation will encourage everyone to be a philanthropist on May 3,” said Ortiz.

On average, participating nonprofits can expect 25% of their giving day donations to originate from new donors, in addition to increasing their mission awareness and unifying our community.

“We look forward to engaging new supporters and educating them on how their contributions impact our city by empowering job-ready women seeking self-sufficiency,” said Dress for Success Houston Vice President, Lauren Levicki Courville, an early adopter of Big Give Houston.

With 208 organizations to choose from, Big Give Houston encourages all to visit now and read through the vast missions that make up our community.

The official Big Give Houston day-of event and donation station will be held over happy hour at a local venue. RSVP for this event now at

(Source: PR Release)

FEMA Assistance Available to Flooded Texas Residents in Harris & Other Counties

With Monday’s formal disaster declaration coming from Washington, now those who were hit hard by the ‘Tax Day’ Flood can apply for assistance from FEMA. To learn more and to apply see
(Video: KHOU 11 News)


Prince Remembered in Houston for Special Performance to Sick and Underprivileged Children

While the world is still mourning the loss of the musician Prince, a former manager of Houston Summit, Sydney Greenblat, thas offered a unique memory of the artist. Back in 1985, during a record breaking run of shows in Houston, Prince gave a special concert at TSU but just for underprivileged and sick children. But it all had to be kept under wraps to make it happen.
(Video: KTRK 13 News)

Photo: Houston Chronicle