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San Antonio's day-long fundraising party invites locals to give big

San Antonio's day-long fundraising party invites locals to give big

CAMP, or Children's Association for Maximum Potential, is just one of 500 local charities participating. Courtesy of CAMP Facebook

Get ready to flex those money muscles, San Antonio. The Big Give, the city's 24-hour day of giving, returns on March 28 for another year of philanthropy and phun. Beginning at midnight on March 28 through 11:59 pm, locals are asked to dig deep and give back to area nonprofits and charities through individual donations or matching pledges.

This year, more than 500 of those nonprofits are taking part from across South Texas, including those in Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina, Real, Uvalde, and Wilson counties. Donors can search for their favorite charity here to find out if they're involved in this year's event.

Once donors have found the charity (or charities!) of their choice, they can begin with a minimum donation of $10. (Naturally, there is no maximum, so give freely.)

Like in past years, The Big Give also offers additional prizes to charities raising the most amount of money throughout the day. Each organization has the opportunity to win a bonus $1,000 during different time blocks throughout the 24 hours. Nonprofits that raise the most money during those specific blocks then automatically receive the additional funding. Likewise, The McKenna Foundation is also ponying up an additional $2,000 in prize money during these same time blocks.

The City of San Antonio, however, is sponsoring the biggest prize of all: an additional $8,000 to the first and second place charities.

In the spirit of celebration, dozens of area businesses are embracing The Big Give by hosting their own special events around the city on March 28. Enjoy parties and open houses, pancake breakfasts and lunches, as well as happy hours and mixers. A full list of participating San Antonio-area businesses can be found here.

According to organizers, since The Big Give's launch in 2014, San Antonians have raised $22 million for area nonprofits. So this year, dig deep and give big.