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Seattle Foundation Partners with Amazon on Company’s First Nonprofit Expo

The response was overwhelming positive and plans are taking shape for a second Nonprofit Expo next spring.


September 28, 2016

By Michael Nank

Monday's Amazon Nonprofit Expo is the most recent product of the growing partnership between Seattle Foundation and the city's fast-growing technology company. The event introduced company employees to effective nonprofits working to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all.

As the doors rolled opened to the Amazon Meeting Center, hundreds of employees streamed through to learn more from the nearly 70 nonprofits that participated. Amazon employees were as enthusiastic as the nonprofits, signing up at various organizations for more information and/or to volunteer. One Amazon employee exclaimed that he only wished there were going to be additional expos like this, also highlighting more nonprofits in our community.

Although this was the first employee Nonprofit Expo, the response was overwhelming positive and plans are taking shape for a second Nonprofit Expo next spring.

Tony Mestres, Seattle Foundation’s president & CEO, was on hand and commented on the incredible Amazon employees who want to engage and contribute, as well as the amazing nonprofits highlighted by this expo. “For us to connect those two and try and work together and to do what this community needs is just true gold for Seattle Foundation in terms of how we spend our day.”

The nonprofits came stocked with information (and plenty of snacks and giveaways) about their organization, ready to inform and engage interested employees. Seattle Foundation welcomed employees to the expo with a copy of our Heart & Science magazine, as well as an opportunity to enter a drawing for a chance for Seattle Foundation to contribute $250 to the nonprofit of the winner's choice.

Congratulations to YouthCare who will receive a $250 contribution in the name of Amazon employee Kylie DeMartini. YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education and employment training. A second winner and donation is also pending.

Thanks to Amazon and its leadership, along with its employees for meeting this opportunity. Our aim is to unleash this powerful connection between the amazing nonprofits in this region along with socially conscious employees, creating a lot of good together in the community.

For additional information on the Expo and participating nonprofits check out this coverage in GeekWire.

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