Making a secure donation on the Day of Giving is simple. On May 9, donors will log onto Lake.Giveozarks.org to give to their choice of 12 Lake Area Charities.

Local businesses and philanthropists are pledging to give where they live. Give Lake — the largest online giving event ever held at the Lake — has raised thousands of dollars in matching funds to support 12 local charities in anticipation of the main event May 9.

This year’s online crowd funding campaign runs from midnight to midnight on May 9 at Lake.GiveOzarks.org. Community Foundation of the Lake will host a live event to bring the community and a dozen charities together for a free barbecue and live music from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Hy-Vee in Osage Beach. The live event centers around raising awareness about the non-profits helping local children, feeding the poor, supporting the disabled, and strengthening the Lake community.

So far, contributions of more than $7,000 have come in from Community Foundation at the Lake, LakeExpo.com, Team Jane Kelly, Central Bank Lake of the Ozarks, Marvin and Lucy Silliman, and contributors choosing to remain anonymous. In-kind donations have streamed in from MSW Interactive Designs, Hy-Vee, Smart Postal Centers and Lamar Advertising.

“Give Lake’s catchphrase is ‘Give Where You Live’ and that says it all,” LakeExpo.com Publisher Brent Simpson said. “Last year we gave a modest amount to the event for the first time and watched as Community Foundation of the Lake and donors from across the Midwest donated more than $51,000.”

Donors can give online or in person directly to their favorite charities. Matching funds made a significant impact last year and anyone wishing to donate before May 9 should contact their choice of the participating charities:

Kids’ Harbor (50% Tax Credit for Donations $100+)

Citizens Against Domestic Violence

Lake Area Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Wonderland Camp

Lake of the Ozarks Developmental Center

Children’s Learning Center

Medical Missions For Christ

Food For Morgan County

Westlake Aquatic Center

The National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church

The Lake Arts Council

Missouri Forget-Me-Not Horse Rescue & Sanctuary

Making a secure donation on the Day of Giving is simple. On May 9, donors will log onto Lake.Giveozarks.org to give to their choice of 12 Lake Area Charities. The leaders of these non-profits invite everyone to the free lunch during the live event May 9 at Hy-Vee to show appreciation for all the community support throughout the years.

Give Lake is a one-day online and live event organized by Community Foundation of the Lake and held during the GiveOzarks regional day of giving launched as an annual event in 2015 by Community Foundation of the Ozarks. All the organizations participating in Give Lake are 501(c)3 agency partners of CFL. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.

Since 2009, CFL has given more than $200,000 to numerous area non-profits and awarded over 70 grants. CFL was created and exists to be the focus of charitable giving in Miller, Morgan, and Camden counties. Non-profit organizations, individuals and businesses can learn more about CFL at CommunityFoundationoftheLake.com