GiveBIG on May 3 to your favorite local charity

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG: Together We Can Make an Impact in Shoreline
Sixth Annual Day of Giving Event Returns on Tuesday, May 3
but you can schedule your donation now.

Seattle Foundation’s sixth annual day of giving event, GiveBIG, returns on May 3 and is expected to make a major impact on more than 1,500 area nonprofits, several of which support the Shoreline / Lake Forest Park neighborhood including:

RiteCare of Washington
Shoreline Solar Project
The Evergreen School
Turning Point Seattle
Friends of the Shoreline Public Library
Living Wisdom School of Seattle
Shoreline Christian School
Shoreline Public Schools Foundation
Washington Alliance for Better Schools
Greater Seattle Cares
Northwest School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children
Shoreline Sports Foundation
CRISTA Ministries
Seattle Urban Academy
Blue Sky Charity dba Whisker City
St. Luke's School
Parkview Services
Washington Homeownership Resource Center
Shoreline Community College Foundation
Seattle Area Feline Rescue
Wonderland Developmental Center
Ivory Coast Medical Relief Team
Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council
St. Mark Parish School
Center for Human Services
Hurray For Me School dba Horizon School

If you don't see your favorite organization, search for it on the GiveBIG website

The one-day online giving event will take place between 12:01am and 11:59pm PDT on Tuesday, May 3, with the goal of raising $20 million for local nonprofit organizations in King County representing eight categories of the Foundation’s Healthy Community Framework – arts and culture, basic needs, economy, education, environment, health and wellness, neighborhoods and communities and global giving.

Donations – both large and small – have made significant impacts on participating nonprofits and the vital services they provide, and in turn, our region has benefited. Since Seattle Foundation founded GiveBIG in 2011, the one-day online giving event has raised more than $56 million for organizations doing amazing work in the Greater Seattle area.

New this year, GiveBIG moves to a fully mobile platform offering enhanced features to support participating nonprofits and to provide donors the opportunity to give easy, give early and give smart – growing the success of this year’s GiveBIG.

Donors will now be able to select as many organizations to donate to as they wish with just a single transaction. In the past, donors had to make a separate donation to each chosen nonprofit. This year, each nonprofit selected will be put in the donor’s “Giving Cart.” Once each donation has been selected, they can be paid all at once, making it easier for philanthropists to generously support many organizations.

Also new this year, donors will be given the option to donate early. This feature capture gifts from donors who will not be in town, or otherwise not able to donate on May 3. Donations can be scheduled in advance, effective now.

Making this day even more impactful to participating nonprofits is that every donation made through the Seattle Foundation website will grow in size, in one or more of the following ways:
  • Stretch Pool – Each donation will receive a boost from a stretch pool funded by Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG sponsors. Each donation up to $2,500 per organization is eligible. The amount of each nonprofit’s share of the stretch pool is based on the percentage of donations the nonprofit receives of the total online contributions generated. The more each nonprofit receives, the bigger the boost. Nonprofits must raise a minimum of $100 to receive stretch pool funds.
  • Matching Fund –To incentivize donors to GiveBIG on May 3 businesses and individuals can contribute to a matching fund for their favorite nonprofits — potentially tripling or quadrupling a donation’s value for donors.
  • Golden Ticket -- For each donation received, the donor will be entered into a “Golden Ticket” drawing, with Golden Tickets drawn throughout the day. Winners will receive an extra $1,000 donation made in their name to their chosen nonprofit.

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