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The Columbus Foundation is bringing back The Big Give, a one-day event where donations get an extra boost through a $1.3 million bonus pool.

Donors can contribute to almost 1,000 nonprofits in 10 counties, including arts, education and social-service organizations—many of which help children—and to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. The Big Give takes place from 10 a.m. Oct. 10 to noon Oct. 11 at columbusfoundation.org. All donations will be augmented on a pro rata basis. The minimum gift is $20.

The last three Big Give events, in 2011, 2013 and 2015, generated a combined $34.2 million.

If your school-age child likes playing with the boxes more than the items inside, here's an upcoming event for you. Otterbein University, the Columbus Museum of Art and the PAST Foundation are partnering for the 2017 Community Cardboard Challenge, which is part of the Global Cardboard Challenge. The free event, for students in grades K-12, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 7 at The Point at Otterbein, 60 Collegeview Road, Westerville. Participants will build things out of cardboard, tape and other recycled materials in response to challenges posed by event organizers. Check it out at imagination.is/our-projects/cardboard-challenge.

High school students with video and technology skills have a chance to earn cash for college through the Ohio attorney general's office.

The ninth annual Take Action Video Contest will award $5,000 in scholarships ($2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second and $1,000 for third). Entrants must create a short video related to smartphone privacy, social networking scams or strong passwords. The deadline is Dec. 8. Learn more at ohioattorneygeneral.gov/takeactioncontest.

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