The Coastal Bend Day of Giving was created to assist nonprofit organizations that had been severely impacted by the 2008-09 downturn in the economy. In the fall of 2009, Coastal Bend Community Foundation joined with eight additional funders to provide $150,000 in matching funds for a one-day, internet-based fundraising campaign, called the Coastal Bend Day of Giving. Due to the overwhelming success of the event – raising over $400,000 for 25 nonprofits – the event has been repeated every November since. The eight events, each only 24 hours in duration, have raised almost $9.5 million for nonprofits at the forefront of providing basic services to those in need in the Coastal Bend.

The 2017 event is scheduled for November 14.