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Thanks for Coming out to Share Feedback on GiveBIG 2017

Thank you to the nonprofit partners that attended one of our three nonprofit gatherings and provided their input on different ways to approach GiveBIG 2017.

October 31, 2016

UPDATE (November 23)

The Seattle Foundation GiveBIG team has been busy moving to our new home at Westlake Center! We wanted to give you an update on the planning underway for GiveBIG 2017, while we finish unpacking the boxes.  We expect to have selected our technology partner by mid-December, at which time we will also be able to select the date for GiveBIG 2017.  Watch your email for this announcement mid-month.  Many of you provided great input to us during our Let’s Talk About GiveBIG meetings.  We will share your feedback with our sponsors in early December and expect to have the full framework for GiveBIG 2017 in January.  If you have questions in the meantime, please email Thank you.

By Lisa Johnson, Communications Coordinator

Early last Tuesday morning, over 100 nonprofits representatives crowded into Town Hall to talk about GiveBIG 2017. The event, one of three we’ve hosted throughout the region, is just one part of our continuing commitment to engage our community partners in planning this city-wide giving day. As our VP of Marketing and Communications Mary Grace Roske noted, such high attendance in October to talk about an event in May speaks to the community’s excitement and energy. Our sincere thanks to all the nonprofit leaders who took time out of their days to give their feedback.

Mary Grace Roske and our President and CEO Tony Mestres kicked off the event by sharing what we heard from our GiveBIG survey, as well as some of the growth and challenges of the event. Topics for discussion included the limits of the stretch pool, how to accommodate fixed, external fees, pushing an equity framework to support smaller nonprofits and sharing our challenges and opportunities running an event that aligns strongly with our mission, but from which Seattle Foundation receives no financial benefit. 

The nonprofit attendees brought rich feedback and ideas to grow GiveBIG, including further training opportunities for small nonprofits, thoughts on shifting the stretch to a prize-based model and ways to promote more "challenge" grants or matching dollars to incentivize giving.

These events are just one part of hearing from our community partners. Thank you again to everyone who has shared their feedback, participated, and helped grow GiveBIG into the community resource it has become.  Watch for more updates from us soon. 





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