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DeKalb County Raises Money for Local Nonprofits

Give DeKalb County, an annual event, has raised more than $8.7 million since 2014.

Give DeKalb County is an annual event in my Illinois community. The initiative supports local nonprofit organizations. This reporter began donating to the effort at age four.

This year’s 24-hour giving day is on May 2. It is led by the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership (DCNP), which is part of the DeKalb County Community Foundation. My father, Ben Bingle, is director of the DCNP, which organizes the event. 

“In 2023, thousands pitched in, donating over $1.8 million,” he said. “Their generosity made a real difference, and we look forward to that same community spirit in 2024.” 

People can donations by mail or in-person. Since 2014, Give DeKalb County has raised more than $8.7 million.


Evy with Jill Olson, executive director of CASA DeKalb County


I recently contacted officials at two of the nonprofits benefiting from this year’s event, CASA DeKalb County and Tails Humane Society. I wanted to better understand how Give DeKalb County helps them. CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, provides legal assistance for children who have experienced abuse or neglect in their homes. The organization serves more than 200 young people each year. 

“Give DeKalb County . . . helps to spread awareness of our mission to advocate for children who need a voice in court,” said Jill Olson, CASA’s executive director. “CASA’s goal is for every child to have a safe and permanent home.”

Tails cares for more than 2,500 animals each year. The organization offers a haven for animals without a home, as well as adoption and fostering services.

Give DeKalb County is “our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Michelle Groeper, executive director of Tails. “The money we raise helps us take care of the animals in our shelter, providing them with food, shelter, medical care, and lots of love.” 

The event "isn’t just about raising money,” Groeper added. “It's also about raising awareness and bringing our community together.” 


Evy encourages young people to get involved in helping their community.


There are many ways that you can help out in your own community. Whether you like dogs, music, or sports, there is probably a nonprofit that matches your interest.

“Getting involved with community groups at a young age can help you feel a sense of belonging for the rest of your life,” Olson said. “It helps you understand the importance of community and relationships. Most important, you help make a difference in people’s lives through your generosity and time.”

Photos courtesy of the author