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The Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG challenge raises $3.5 million in 17 hours  

6/24/2011 
A total of more than $4 million will go to area nonprofits

SEATTLE—In what’s being called the biggest single day of charitable giving in King County history, more than 18,800 donations totaling more than $3.5 million were made to nonprofit organizations on June 23 during The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG challenge.

A “stretch pool” of an additional $500,000 was provided by GiveBIG partners, bringing the total amount raised to more than $4 million. The stretch pool will be distributed among all of the approximately 900 nonprofits that received donations during GiveBIG. Each nonprofit will receive a portion of the stretch pool according to the percentage it received of the total amount of GiveBIG donations.

“GiveBIG proved that King County residents are both generous and dedicated to improving their communities,” said Norman Rice, president and CEO of the Seattle Foundation. “This event represents the democratization of philanthropy, in which everyone can make a difference in the world around them.”

Donations were made beginning at 7 a.m. on June 23 through the Giving Center on The Seattle Foundation’s website at www.seattlefoundation.org. Additional money was collected at CenturyLink Field during the Seattle Sounders FC June 23 match.
 
The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG challenge: By the Numbers
Note: Final tallies will be available on Tuesday, June 28
 
Total donations made: More than $3.5 million
Total amount raised (donations + stretch pool): More than $4 million
Number of donations made: More than 18,800
Number of nonprofits receiving donations: Approximately 900
Average gift size: $189.99
Most donations received by a single organization: The Seattle Public Library Foundation

Top 5 nonprofits receiving donations:

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest
The Seattle Public Library Foundation
Tennis Outreach Programs
FareStart
The 5th Avenue Theatre Association

GiveBIG’s success was enhanced dramatically by social media. In the days leading up to the challenge, and throughout June 23, nonprofits used Twitter and Facebook to remind and encourage their supporters to make donations. The Seattle Foundation posted totals raised throughout the day on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheSeattleFoundation and Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/TheSeattleFdn.

The GiveBIG stretch pool included $250,000 from The Seattle Foundation and generous support from presenting partners JPMorgan Chase, Seattle International Foundation and Seattle Sounders FC. Significant donations were also made by lead sponsors Microsoft, Boeing and Puget Sound Energy; supporters Tom and Sonya Campion, Davis Wright Tremaine, Lease Crutcher Lewis, Safeco Insurance, John Stanton and Theresa Gillepsie, Swedish Medical Center, Bob and Juanita Watt and Wells Fargo; and friends Clark Nuber P.S., Colonial Consulting, Daniels Real Estate, Deloitte, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, K&L Gates, Norman and Constance Rice, and Virginia Mason Medical Center. Media sponsorship was provided by The Seattle Times Company, KING 5 Television, and 97.3 KIRO FM, 710 ESPN Seattle, 770 KTTH and MyNorthwest.com.

The Seattle Foundation’s online Giving Center includes information about and evaluations of more than 1,000 nonprofit organizations working in a broad range of areas: Arts & Culture, Basic Needs, Economy, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness, and Neighborhoods & Communities. The Seattle Foundation supports global giving through its partnership with Seattle International Foundation and other globally focused organizations.

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About the Seattle Foundation
Established in 1946, The Seattle Foundation’s mission is to create a healthy community through engaged philanthropy, community knowledge and leadership. It is the oldest and largest community foundation in the region, with more than 1,200 family and individual funds and assets of $600 million. The Foundation also operates the nationally-recognized online Giving Center where individuals can research nonprofit organizations and make donations of any size. The Seattle Foundation awards more than $50 million in grants each year. Learn more about the Foundation at www.seattlefoundation.org.

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