Awesome Events: Give Big Gallatin Valley
Presented by the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation and powered by the Bozeman Area Community Foundation, this online event is a perfect way to give back if you’re stoked about the community here in the Gallatin Valley. With the goal of connecting donors to worthy local causes, this event makes giving look even greater on you than an LBD. Give Big Gallatin Valley is a 24-hour giving event to support valued nonprofits around Bozeman and beyond! Even if you’re not a resident, you can get involved and donate online, giving big or small to make a difference.
From 6 pm on May 2 to 6pm on May 3, join in the giving to give back and support great causes. The best part is, you can get involved with the BZN community without having to book your plane ticket. In three years, the Give Big event has raised more than $2.5 million for area nonprofits. Only verified 501(c)(3) organizations located in or serving in the Gallatin Valley can qualify for the fundraiser; so you know that the places you are donating to are legit.
You can give even more when you sign on to give during a prime prize time. From 11 pm to 6 am, the Night Owl donor challenge gives an extra $500 to the nonprofit with the most unique donors during that time period. If late nights aren’t your jam, jump online right after your workout and before your protein smoothie. From 6 am to 7 am, as a rise and shine bonus, $500 will be added to the gift of a random donor—so even a dollar donation has the power to be big. For all the prize-giving times and rules, check out the Give Big site.
There are tons of amazing charities you can donate to, but here’s a small sampling to get you in the mood to do some good.
Some people might not even know that Bozeman has a symphony, but this world-class orchestra holds some of the best talent in the valley and hosts artists from around the globe. When you support the Bozeman symphony, you’re supporting entire generations of musicians yet to put bow to strings.
Montana Conservation Corps
If you get excited for Montana’s miles and miles of hiking trails, you probably have Montana Conservation Corps to thank. Promoting outdoor education and conservation, MCC does work in state parks, national parks, in national forests and beyond to keep Montana beautiful. Supporting them pays you back in every trail mile you churn out under your boots.
Museum of the Rockies
Visiting the Museum of the Rockies is a Bozeman tradition, especially for anyone with dino-obsessed kiddos. Even if you’re not under the age of 12, you can still get excited about the exhibits that dive deep into the history of Montana that goes back to the time of the dinosaurs. And as a nonprofit, they thrive on your donation dollars.
Southwest Montana Mountain Bike Association (SWMMBA)
If you’ve ever visited the region with a mountain bike in tow, SWMMBA is an organization you love, even if you didn’t know it until now. Creating and maintaining trails is just part of their awesome mission, so find out more, and go ahead—give a little!
Everyone loves Yellowstone, the famed first national park located less than two hours from Bozeman. Supporting Yellowstone Forever, the park’s nonprofit partner, supports the entire park, and its efforts.
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