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Nonprofits see funding hope in ‘Give Big'
BARSTOW • The deputy chief of staff to Supervisor James Ramos announced a plan to fund several local nonprofit organizations — Give Big.
Chris Carrillo spoke to a group of nonprofit organizations, including the Desert Manna, the Barstow Senior Citizen Center and United Way, on Monday at the Desert Manna administrative office about a possible solution to the lack of discretionary funds from the county supervisors’.
“It was the need for us at the county level to sustain our local nonprofits,” Carrillo said. “Normally we’ve done that in the past with discretionary funding, but the board’s policy has changed, so there is no new discretionary funding coming back to each county supervisor. So Supervisor Ramos and the board looked at how they can creatively create a solution for this problem.”
Carrillo is hopeful to get people to contribute a minimum of $10 during a 24-hour day of giving, going towards 150 selected nonprofit groups in the county. Carrillo said over $190,000 was raised in a similar event put on by the Riverside County and over $580,000 was raised statewide in Idaho.
According to Carrillo, it helps promote a culture of philanthropy which is “so desperately needed in our communities.”
During the meeting, Carrillo said the one day online day of giving will require innovative planning from the steering committee leaders. Darrin Fickstad, President and CEO of Desert Manna, was named to the steering committee, representing the city of Barstow’s nonprofit groups.
“I’m going to work on doing some exciting events to stimulate interest,” Fickstad said. “We want to make this a big one day event to where people in the Barstow community could come out and give to their local charity, whether its a small or large amount. Our group is going to look into how to create a big event.”
The Give Big campaign is set to take place in early May, with a planning kick off set for September 10.
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.