Coastal Bend giving rose to unprecedented heights on the fifth Coastal Bend Day of Giving with support by a record number of residents for the needs of the neighborhoods and friends. A total of $1,254,005 was raised for 30 area nonprofit organizations that provide help to the neediest in our communities. In the 24-hour online fundraising campaign, individual donations numbered over 5,300 and totaled $823,955, which is matched by a funding pool of $430,050 provided by 16 local donors and foundations.

28 of the 30 charities will receive the full amount of the matching gift fund - $14,335, and the remainder will be matched dollar for dollar with the individual donations.

This year's Day of Giving demonstrated the generosity and the community-minded spirit thriving in the Coastal Bend. by all measures, the 2013 event set new precedents for giving in the area. The tone for the day was set by an unexpected addition $30,000 donation to the match pool, made by Mrs. Nova Herin in memory of her late husband, Buddy Herin, providing an additional $1,000 in matching funds available to each nonprofit.

From 2012 to 2013, individual donations increased by 36-percent, from 3,906 to 5,324; dollar amount of the donations rose over 46-percent, from $562,614 to $823,955; match pool increased 39-percent, from $310,000 to $430,000; total of $1,254,005 reflects an increase of 44-percent.

"The response of the community has been overwhelming," says Karen Selim, President and CEO of the Coastal Bend Community Foundation (CBCF), a matching funder who also administered the event. "We are absolutely thrilled and so appreciative to see our community come together to support these charities who work to alleviate hunger and suffering, and to provide help to those who are struggling to help themselves. On behalf of the 16 matching gift donors and foundations, thank you for your incredible generosity."

Page Hall, Executive Director of CASA of the Coastal Bend sums it up, saying, "Wonderful event, amazing giving organizations; awesome people in our community!"