Nonprofits serving Greater Seattle are in the midst of a monumental campaign drive, culminating in the 8th annual GiveBIG campaign on Wednesday, May 9.
GiveBIG is an online giving campaign focused on funding nonprofits on a single day.
“We started GiveBIG back in 2011 to help nonprofits build their online giving and social media skills. Clearly, that goal has been met because Seattle is consistently one of the top cities in the nation for online giving,” said Mary Grace Roske, Vice President of the Seattle Foundation.
More than 1,600 nonprofits will benefit from this year’s campaign; 500 of those organizations have matching gifts, automatically doubling a donation.
Donors can visit GiveBIGSeattle.org to contribute.
This year’s GiveBIG event will be the foundation’s last. In its eight years, GiveBIG has raised $100 million to invest in Seattle-area nonprofits.
“For the foundation now, we’re looking for new ways we can support the sector in fulfilling its mission," said Roske.
GiveBIG is just one of several one-day fundraising initiatives; others include Giving Tuesday and Red Nose Day.
Just last week, Red Nose Day USA announced a $225,000 matching grant for 55 Seattle nonprofit organizations. Each nonprofit shares its mission to end child poverty and keep children safe, healthy and educated.
The Red Nose Day matching grants range from $1,500 to $10,000.
Each of the 55 nonprofits that secure online donations equal to or greater than the match amount through the GiveBIG website by May 9, will receive matching funds to support local programs.
On hand for the announcement were a couple of NBC stars: Seattle native Erika Christensen and Sam Jaeger of “Parenthood.” The pair visited South Shore School to see first-hand the benefits of Red Nose Day funding. They toured the school and spoke with students at an afternoon theater program.
Red Nose Day returns May 24 with a star-studded televised event on KING 5.
Red Noses are on sale at Walgreens now. Money raised from the sale of Red Noses, donations and fundraising activities, go to the Red Nose Day Fund, part of which will be used to provide the match to Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG2018 efforts.