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Nonprofits have until April 10 to register to participate in the May 4 Yellowstone Valley Gives event, a Billings-area effort that is part of the statewide “Giving Day” program.

“We’re moving ahead with many nonprofits, but we don’t want any left behind,” said Ralph Spence, with the Billings Community Foundation, which organizes the 24-hour “crowdfunding” event. “Now is the time to pitch in and be ready for the May 4 event.”

“Giving Day” is an online opportunity for people to choose a charity or nonprofit to donate to, with the assurance the money will go to their chosen philanthropy in the community where they live.

This year, a new platform provider called “GiveGab” promises to eliminate the problems that shut down the system last year. Nonprofits participating in Yellowstone Valley Gives can collect donations seamlessly with GiveGab’s fundraising software.

Last year, more than 60 nonprofits in seven counties participated, with interests ranging from supporting the arts to helping homeless people and assisting veterans.

All registered 501(c)3 organizations located in Big Horn, Carbon, Custer, Musselshell, Stillwater, Treasure and Yellowstone County, Montana, are eligible to participate.

Nonprofits wanting to register should go to www.yellowstonegives.org for more information about the event.

For updates and information about the event, or to see how to become a prize or event sponsor, go to the BCF website at www.billingscommunityfoundation.org and look for links to the Yellowstone Gives Bulletin Board.

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