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45 local nonprofits participate in 5th annual Give BIG Green Bay

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Posted at 11:01 AM, Jan 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-23 23:38:56-05

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The Green Bay Packers Foundation and Greater Green Bay Community Foundation are hosting the fifth annual community-wide giving day, Give BIG Green Bay, from 12 p.m. February 23rd until 12 p.m. February 24th this year.

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Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy, right, talks about Give Big Green Bay on Jan. 14, 2021.

The mission of Give BIG Green Bay 2022 is to highlight the work of 45 local nonprofit organizations working to improve lives in the greater Green Bay community. The Green Bay Packers Foundation will offer $250,000 in matching funds and incentives to encourage everyone to donate at any level. The combined four-year total of GBGB has exceeded $5.5 million of support for local nonprofits; last February, 4,854 donors raised more than $2.085 million in 24 hours. More than 43 percent of these donors self-identified as new to the organization they supported.

From February 23 to February 24, from noon to noon, people everywhere can donate to support the work of 45 local participating nonprofits by visiting This online giving event provides nonprofits with a platform to tell their story and encourages contributions of any amount to make a BIG difference in Brown County.

The Syble Hopp School has been selected for the event for the first time this year.

“When we were chosen to be a part of this, it was a great honor," said Abbie Schmidt, school principal. “Schools all over are always struggling with funding the needs of our students having various physical needs. We have a lot of equipment that we need to purchase.”

Sensory courtyard at the Syble Hopp School

The public school serves around 170 students with disabilities from seven brown county districts. From building a sensory courtyard, to providing speech and language therapy, nothing would be possible without donations, said Schmidt.

“With education always changing, we're always looking at making sure we stay up to date with our curriculum," she said. "Assistive technology devices for students that need those for communication, we are looking at doing an expansion where we're going to have a community room.”

Other nonprofits, like Happily Ever After Animal Sanctuary, have participated in the annual event before; this will be the nonprofits third year being a part of Give BIG Green Bay. These donations are critical, said Marcus Reitz, Branding and Development Director.

“There's so many animals that we need to care for medically each and every day," he said. "There's people that that are here to take care of them, volunteer programs that we need to coordinate and help bring our community in.”

"Julia," adoptable dog at Happily Ever After

It’s an honor to be selected for Give BIG again, said Reitz.

“It's just it's really a beautiful thing to watch how a community comes together and makes an investment in all the services that we all rely upon," he said.

The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation will underwrite all program expenses allowing 100 percent of the Green Bay Packers Foundation’s $250,000 commitment to be allocated as matching funds and encouraging our community to give BIG. The 45 participating nonprofits represent a cross-section of nonprofits serving our community. They are diverse in size and range from established organizations with wide-ranging services to newer organizations focused on emerging needs. This year, more than a third of the participating nonprofits are first-time participants.

“We're a community-owned team, community based, and that's really at our core," said Mark Murphy, President and CEO of the Green Bay Packers. "And we've been giving back and supporting the community that has supported us for over 100 years. And we really take that responsibility seriously.”

The Give BIG Green Bay partners are listed below by cause:

Animal Welfare
Happily Ever After Animal Sanctuary
N.E.W. Zoological Society

Arts & Culture
Brown County Historical Society
Woodland Indian Art
Neville Public Museum Foundation

Community Improvement
Green Bay Neighborhood Leadership Council
NeighborWorks Green Bay
New Leaf Foods

Bridge the Gap For Autism
Encompass Early Education and Care
Howe Community Resource Center
NWTC Educational Foundation
Syble Hopp School

Environment & Conservation
Friends of the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance
Friends of Neshota Park

Health & Wellness
Altrusa House
Center for Childhood Safety
Foundations Health & Wholeness
Hope and Olive
Jackie Nitschke Center
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin

Human Services
Casa ALBA Melanie Hispanic Community Resource Center
CASA of Brown County COMSA (Community Services Agency)
Curative Connections
Sexual Assault Center of Family Services of Northeast WI
Friends of Pals, Youth and Families
JOSHUA (Wisdom)
Journey to Adult Success
Options for Independent Living
Wise Women Gathering Place
YWCA Greater Green Bay

Hunger & Homelessness
Denmark Community Cupboard
Ecumenical Partnership for Housing
New Community Shelter
The Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay

Military & Law Enforcement
NAMI Brown County

Recreation & Sports
Bay Nordic
Green Bay Bicycle Collective

Youth Development
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin
Foster The Village
Greater Green Bay YMCA
Lovin’ The Skin I’m In
We All Rise: African American Resource Center