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GiveBIG 2016 Exceeds Goals - Delivers Lift for Many Local Nonprofits

The final results are in — GiveBIG 2016 generated a record $22 million in contributions to nonprofits.

June 14, 2016

Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG – the annual one-day giving event extended an extra day this year due to a technology disruption which impacted giving events here and across the country – rebounded to achieve record-setting results. 

GiveBIG 2016 generated $22 million in contributions to nonprofits, as compared to $16.2 million in 2015. This represents a 30-percent year-over-year increase. The final figure includes $15.9 in online donations made via the Kimbia platform and $1.2 million made online directly to nonprofit organizations. Also contributing to the total is $1 million in stretch funds provided by Seattle Foundation, corporate sponsors and individuals, and an estimated $3.9 million in matching gifts. Nearly 45,000 donors participated in GiveBIG, making more than 89,000 individual gifts to nonprofit organizations.

View a behind-the-scenes look at GiveBIG 2016 

GiveBIG 2016 Results

“The community did it. The 1,600 amazing nonprofits and the nearly 50,000 donors have rallied together, overcame challenges and persevered,” said Tony Mestres, President and CEO of Seattle Foundation.  “The generous spirit of our community prevailed and a large number of our nonprofit partners were able to achieve their fundraising goals, but certainly not all.” 

Given the technology challenges, some nonprofits elected to gather donations through their own websites rather than the GiveBIG site. As a result, Seattle Foundation elected this year to include any credit card donations made on May 3-4 in the calculation of the stretch pool distribution.

One of the appealing aspects of GiveBIG to both donors and nonprofits is that every online donation made during GiveBIG grew in size in one or more ways:  1)  through the Foundation’s stretch pool which is distributed based on the percentage of donations the nonprofit receives of the event’s total online donations; 2) through Golden Ticket random drawings providing up to an additional $1,000; and 3) through matching funds from businesses and individuals to nonprofits — providing the opportunity to potentially double a donation’s value.

“We are not only humbled by the community’s generosity to our nonprofits, but also by our amazing partners and sponsors that make GiveBIG possible,” Mestres added.

Support for the 2016 GiveBIG stretch pool is provided by Seattle Foundation, its community philanthropists, as well as GiveBIG sponsors and partners. This year GiveBIG is presented by Seattle Foundation with support of our presenting partners, KING 5, Seattle Sounders FC, The Seattle Times, The Ballmer Group Philanthropy and Wyncote Foundation NW.

Lead supporters include Amazon, The Aven Foundation, BECU, The Boeing Company, Sonya & Tom Campion, Medina Foundation, Microsoft, Microsoft Alumni Network, Starbucks, SOULCRAFT ALLSTARS, Tableau Foundation, and Wells Fargo.





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