A North Charleston-based nonprofit that specializes in financial and housing counseling is gearing up for the third annual Lowcountry Giving Day.

Family Services Inc., which dates back to 1888, will be one of at least 179 groups along the South Carolina coast signed up for the multimillion dollar fund-raising event May 3.

Lowcountry Giving Day is described as a “24-hour crowd-funding” push that reaches nationwide. Notably, Family Services and other nonprofits can “share their programs with people who may need help and also with new potential donors,” the organization says.

According to giving day founder Coastal Community Foundation, the event seeks to unite nonprofits, business owners and Lowcountry citizens to develop the region as a “better place to live, grow, create and learn through a spirit of generosity and collaboration.”

Nonprofits will provide an “impact statement” to help donors understand how their gift will benefit a cause, organizers say.

Family Services raised $9,628 last year. The group aims to accumulate $10,000 this year. It can arrange for donors to direct their contributions to a specific program.

Based on a recent NeighborWorks America report, Family Services was able to put $326 back into the community through its homeownership programs for every dollar received from grantors.

With unrestricted community donations, Family Services “can maximize the value of the contribution to reinvest back into the community,” says Jenna Johnson, marketing and development director. “We have proven that time and time again.” Donors can schedule a payment Tuesday by going online to text.gives/MakeHomeHappen. They can give by phone by texting MakeHomeHappen to 33923 on Tuesday. They can also mail checks and cash or drop them off at the group’s office by May 3 at Family Services Inc., c/o Lowcountry Giving Day, 4925 Lacross Road, Suite 215 North Charleston, SC 29406. Make checks payable to Family Services Inc. Gifts are tax deductible.

Family Services Inc. has provided professional financial, housing and health counseling services to state residents and businesses for 128 years.

Visit www.fsisc.org/LowcountryGivingDay , email info@fsisc.org, or call 843-735-7802.

Reach Jim Parker at 843-937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com.