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The Big Share

The Big Share

The Big Share is a fun, easy, and flexible way to donate to organizations making a difference in our community. The Big Share is hosted by Community Shares of Wisconsin for 70 local nonprofits dedicated to building an equitable and just community and protecting our environment. 
The Big Share is an annual event, with the next one scheduled for Tuesday, March 2, 2021. On this day donors and supporters work in tandem to help their favorite Community Shares nonprofit member organizations earn matching funds and hourly bonus awards. Everyone is encouraged to follow the action on social media on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. 
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The Big Share 2020

Thank you to everyone who gave to and supported The Big Share, 2020! You showed that when the community comes together, we truly can change the world.

Outcomes and Results:

Raised: $456,135

Donors: 3,091

Organizations: 65

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Community Shares Announces its Sixth Annual Giving Day!

Community Shares Announces its Sixth Annual Giving Day!

  The Big Share is back with many ways for generous community members to share! Madison, WI – Over seventy Madison-based nonprofit groups will be holding a community-wide fundraising day on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 during Community Shares of Wisconsin’s The Big...

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Thank You! The 2018 Big Share Raised over $430,000!

Thank You! The 2018 Big Share Raised over $430,000!

A BIG Thank You to everyone who donated and supported The Big Share on Tuesday, March 6! Thanks to thousands of generous donors throughout Wisconsin (and across the country), The 2018 Big Share raised over $430,000 for social justice causes in Wisconsin. Thank you to...

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CSW Announces 2018 Big Share to Take Place March 6!

CSW Announces 2018 Big Share to Take Place March 6!

  We're thrilled to announce The 2018 Big Share® will take place on Tuesday, March 6 to benefit local nonprofits working to advance social justice, defend civil rights, and protect the environment in Dane County and across Wisconsin. Now in its fourth year, The...

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Help Make History on March 7!

Help Make History on March 7!

Ready to be part of the excitement of The Big Share and make a BIG impact?  Here are 4 easy ways to take part of in The Big Share and advance lasting change in our community: 1) Give: Whether you can give $5 or $500, making a donation is one of the biggest ways to...

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CSW Announces Big Share Prizes and Events

CSW Announces Big Share Prizes and Events

With a week left to go, Community Shares of Wisconsin (CSW) is pleased to share our full prize and event schedule for The Big Share on Tuesday, March 7! The Big Share is a day of giving to CSW’s member organizations—groups at the forefront off the social and...

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CSW Announces: 2017 Big Share on March 7

CSW Announces: 2017 Big Share on March 7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, January 12, 2017 MADISON—Community Shares of Wisconsin (CSW) today announced the 2017 Big Share will take place Tuesday, March 7, 2017, to benefit over 60 local nonprofit organizations working to build a just, equitable community and to...

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What Our Supporters Say

“The Big Share (TBS) and the trainings offered as part of the program have been a tremendous asset to Wisconsin Literacy. […] We’ve also seen large growth in our social media following thanks in part to trainings offered through TBS that teach us how to effectively use social media, tell our stories, and best leverage edited and live video. Our Facebook followers have doubled since the first Big Share!” 

Michele Erikson

Wisconsin Literacy

“It’s time we put a priority on people and preserving our planet. Community Shares of Wisconsin is doing just that, and is supporting many organizations that are working to create a just future for all.” 

Don Ferber