Largest Give DeKalb County Day yet raises more than $1.5M for local organizations

“The outpouring of support from donors was remarkable and we appreciate every single donor,” Ben Bingle said

SYCAMORE – Donors from around the world contributed to the largest-ever Give DeKalb County by donating more than $1.5 million in support of 130 nonprofit organizations and endowment funds.

This year, 3,240 donors from 44 states and four countries made 8,363 donations totaling $1,540,009 during the 24-hour giving day. Of that total, $688.245 donations were made online, $688,381 by mail and $168,987 in the bonus pool, which boosted all online and mail-in donations.

Give DeKalb County is coordinated by the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership, a program of the DeKalb County Community Foundation.

“May 6 was an electrifying day highlighting the importance of nonprofit organizations, the impact of generosity and the incredible community pride in DeKalb County,” DCNP Director Ben Bingle said in a news release. “More than 3,200 people made over 8,300 donations through this event. The outpouring of support from donors was remarkable and we appreciate every single donor who shared their generosity through Give DeKalb County.”

Give DeKalb County reached all-time highs in every major category, including total donors, total donations, number of participating nonprofits, bonus pool total and grand total.

Donors gave by mail between April 22 and May 6 and online from midnight to midnight on May 6 online. The fundraiser topped $1 million just after 6 p.m. May 6.

Brian Reis, executive director of the Ellwood House Museum and Give DeKalb County committee chair, said he was excited by the results in the news release.

“Give DeKalb County is an extraordinary day to witness the power of philanthropy in our community,” Reis said in a statement. “I am astounded by the generous giving on May 6 and know that every dollar is a welcome and needed donation for our nonprofit organizations.”

A record number of Community Partners donated to the Bonus Pool, including: 3M, AM/PM Solutions & Services, Anderson Funeral Home, Byers Brewing Company, Cathy Doederlein, Chulick Family Fund, Curran Family Endowment Fund, Dan and Kathy Schewe, Dave and Suzanne Juday, David and Beth Prestegaard, DeKalb County Community Foundation, Drake Castle Charitable Fund, Ed and Debbie Rosenow, Facebook, First Midwest Bank, Heartland Bank and Trust Company, Herb and Linda Holderman, Horizons Unlimited Foundation, IDEAL Industries Foundation, James K. and Loretta M. Hipple Family Fund, Joe and Andria Mitchell, Johns Family Donor Advised Fund, Joyce and Craig Mathey, Karen and Joseph Grush, Keicher Insurance Agency, Inc., Leeward Energy, Lehan Drugs, Lynne Waldeland, Mark Mannebach and Erika Schlichter, Nancy D. Castle Charitable Fund, NIU’s Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies Ambassadors, Paul and Cheryl Callighan, Reva Jungst, Sally Bruch, Scott and Kristin Miller, Shepard Construction Soft Water City, Inc., SOW Coffee Company, Stephen Kalber, Steve and Patricia Faivre, Sycamore Cinco de Mayo, Syndeo, The Suter Company, Inc., Thomas Warren and Friends Fund, Thrivent Financial - Shawn Blobaum, Turner Family Charitable Fund, Victoria Young Donor Advised Fund, Wrennhouse Fund, Yerkes Consulting, LLC., and Zurbrugg Family.

Media Sponsors donated in-kind promotional and advertising assistance, including: 94.9 WDKB, 98.9 WLBK, 102.3 The Coyote, 107.3 WSPY, Banner Up Signs, Brian Bemis Auto Group, City of DeKalb, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, DeKalb County Historical – Genealogical Society, DeKalb County Convention & Visitors Bureau, First National Bank, Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce, Kar-Fre Flowers, Lehan Drugs, LePrint Express, OC Creative, Provident Direct, Sandwich Area Chamber of Commerce, Sandwich Public Library District, Shaw Media and Sycamore Chamber of Commerce.

The DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership is a membership-based program of the DeKalb County Community Foundation. Established in 2012, DCNP’s mission is to strengthen the nonprofit sector through leadership, professional development and collaboration. Learn more at

Katrina Milton

Katrina J.E. Milton

Award-winning reporter and photographer for Shaw Media publications, including The Daily Chronicle and The MidWeek newspapers in DeKalb County, Illinois, since 2012.