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Tampa, Florida -- We're already a few hours into the first-ever Give Day Tampa Bay. It's 24 straight hours of giving back to charities in the Bay Area.

This is the most cutting-edge fundraiser ever put on in the Bay Area. Think of it as a telethon, but the way your social media-loving niece would do it.

Using Facebook, Twitter, and other Internet tools, nearly 400 charities are making a coordinated effort to raise up to $1 million on Tuesday, May 6th.

Two buddies, Tyler Cathey and Jess Johnson, dreamed up the idea over a couple of cans of Jai Alai craft beer when they learned a survey ranked the Tampa Bay area as 260th in the nation in how much its people give to charities.

They aimed to take the Bay Area into the top ten, and teamed up with Florida NEXT and the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to make the one-day philanthropy push happen.

If you want to learn about the causes looking for contributions today, visit the Give Day Tampa Bay website.

If you'd like to give you social media profile picture a new look that shows your support for the day, check out the web app called Twibbon.

And if you want to make sure the nonprofits you're supporting are legitimate and spend your money wisely, check out these charity giving tips from our partners at USA Today.

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