What it is and why you should care

The Big Give is a 501(c)(3) organization that helps kids in need. From back-to-school supplies to Christmas gifts, the Big Give is committed to helping kids right here in West Michigan. 

How it began

When Matt Wilber opened his first Fit Body location in 2013, he had one goal: to help people; to give people a place to go when they were ready to change. This commitment transcends fitness - then and now - so at Christmastime in 2013, Matt partnered with a client who helped him identify kids in need. 

To Matt’s surprise, the kids didn’t want toys or games. They asked for socks and underwear. "It broke my heart. I had no idea this kind of need existed in the Grand Haven community. Some of the stories are absolutely heart breaking.” 

So, in 2013, with the help of his Grand Haven Fit Family, Matt raised $3,200 and purchased socks, underwear, warm clothes, and toys for 100 kids. 
Since that first year, Matt Wilber’s team has raised and donated more than $260,000 and helped nearly 1,000 children in West Michigan.

Today, as we celebrate our 7th year of charitable giving, we have a bold goal to raise $150,000 to help 500 kids in each of our 7 communities* and we need YOUR help.

*The Big Give supports kids of all ages in: Comstock Park, Byron Center, Forest Hills, Grandville, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids Dream Center, Kentwood, Holland, Holland West Ottawa, D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s. We work with school social workers to identify families who need help. The social workers work with parents to gather kids’ wants and needs. 
In year 1 of the Big Give (2013), we raised $3,200.

How you can help

Donate

100% of every dollar you donate goes to purchasing presents for kids. And, because the Big Give is a 501(c)(3), 100% of your donation is tax deductible. To make an online donation, simply click a present below. 
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To keep things spirited, we're holding a "friendly" competition across our 7 locations to see whose clients are the most generous. If every client donates just $30, we'll reach our goal. To donate to a specific location, simply click the appropriate gift above. To make a general donation to the Big Give, click the Big Give present. 

NOTE: DONATION TOTALS WILL BE EVENLY DIVIDED ACROSS OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. LOCATION-SPECIFIC DONATIONS ARE FOR COMPETITIVE PURPOSES ONLY. 😍

Shop

The Big Give is proud to partner with AmazonSmile, a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the Big Give. Simply click the AmazonSmile logo below to shop and give back. EVERYONE can use the AmazonSmile link, so share it with your friends and family so THEY can give back, too. 
Forget the mall this Black Friday and shop from the comfort of your couch (and pajamas!). For a limited time, we're offering an exclusive line of tees, tanks, quarter zips, hats, and more. Look for a sneak peek of our Black Friday Swag sale the week of November 17 and plan to shop 'til you drop on Black Friday.

Love MSU? Hate U of M? Show your team spirit by purchasing a U of M or MSU Koozie the week of November 10. We have a surprise for the location who sells out first AND raises the most money the week of the game! Stay tuned ... 

 
The Big Give is proud to partner with the Grand Rapids Dream Center, a West Michigan-based nonprofit who provides food, water, toiletries, clothing and beds to thousands of families throughout our community. See the impact your donation to the Big Give has on local families.  
Because of your generosity, hundreds of West Michigan kids, who'd normally go without 
during the holidays, will have an amazing Christmas. Your donation will be used to purchase warm clothing, toys, and much more. Together, we'll shop, wrap and deliver presents.
Join us in wrapping, laughing and sharing the joy of giving back to our community. 
Together we will make an impact. Help spread the word.