Community Shares of Wisconsin: The Big Share was a Big Success

Madison, WI – On Tuesday, March 7, Community Shares of Wisconsin and its nearly 70 nonprofit members hosted The Big Share®, an online day of giving focused on social and environmental justice. The campaign exceeded its goal and raised over $650,000 for local nonprofits. Over 3,500 donors gave during The Big Share.

Since 2015, The Big Share has raised more than $4 million for the member nonprofits of Community Shares of Wisconsin. These nonprofits are working on voting rights, healthy food systems, criminal justice reform, housing advocacy, environmental protection, and much more.

“We are once again blown away by the generosity shown during The Big Share. We see this as a clear message that people want to make social and environmental justice a priority in our community,” said Cheri Dubiel, Executive Director of Community Shares of Wisconsin. “Our member nonprofits now have a boost of donations to keep working toward systemic change.”

Grand prizes were awarded by Madison Community Foundation for the nonprofits that raised the most money, had the most donors, and who had the most growth in funds raised.

Wisconsin Literacy, Inc. raised the most money during The Big Share, an incredible $48,393.

GSAFE (Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools, Inc.) had the most donors with over 500.

Wisconsin Family Ties had the most growth in online donations in 2023 compared to 2022.

“The Big Share has been a tremendous gift for Community Shares of Wisconsin and our member nonprofits. We are proud to continue to be a hub for the social and environmental justice causes you care about most,” said Dubiel.

The Big Share’s 2023 principal partner is Madison Community Foundation.

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Since 1971, Community Shares of Wisconsin and its members have worked together to advance social justice and protect the environment in Wisconsin. Together they envision a future where people come together to ensure every member of their community is safe, healthy, and able to thrive.