The Second Annual Week of Giving has begun and Northwest Bank is once again supporting this event as the Lead Partner in Giving.

“Thanks to the generosity of Northwest Bank, we were able to match $20,000 during last year’s Week of Giving,” said Trenton Moulin, executive director of Bridge Builders Community Foundations (BBCF). “We look forward to having them on board again, as we prepare for an even more successful week of philanthropy in our region.”

Additionally this year, BBCF welcomes the Paul & Ellen Flickner Charitable Fund as the Legacy Sponsor and Erie Insurance as a Community Leader Sponsor. The total of matching funds for this year’s event is $40,000.

BBCF has seen a significant increase in participants this year, with more than 125 local nonprofits and funds in a variety of categories signed up.

Week of Giving prizes will be offered during the week, in which two $100 prizes will be awarded for one small and one large organization each day. These prizes will be live from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and the organization who brings in the most unique online donations during those two hour time periods will receive an additional $100 donation.  There also will be one prize sponsored by Baytree Farm,of Emlenton, that will give the nonprofit with the most unique online gifts for the duration of the whole Week of Giving an extra $500.

“This is truly a community effort, with local businesses, nonprofits, and community members all coming together,” said Moulin. “Not only are we supporting local organizations through donations, but we’re spreading the message of the importance of giving. Creating and cultivating a culture of giving in our area is a main goal of the Community Foundation.”

Contributions can be seen in real time this year, allowing the community to watch live as organizations raise money. Giving began at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 19, and ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 23. To learn more about the Week of Giving and for a listing of participating nonprofits, visit bbcfgives.org.