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Seattle Foundation and Amazon Host Nonprofit Expo

Amazon employees learn about 60 nonprofits focused on homelessness, literacy and STEM education


June 07, 2017

Seattle Foundation partnered with Amazon on June 6 to host the second Nonprofit Expo featuring 60 local nonprofit organizations at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters.

The goal of the event was to connect Amazon employees with nonprofits and increase employee awareness and interest in philanthropy and volunteering in the Greater Seattle area. The expo was covered in a report by Q13 News.

“You all do such amazing work in our community and we hope that by learning about your organizations, your causes and your efforts, our employees are inspired to get involved,” said Alice Shobe, Amazon Director of Consumer Engagement, to the participating nonprofits.

Seattle Foundation President and CEO Tony Mestres spoke about Seattle's prosperous region and how many community members have been left behind in the rush of new opportunities and wealth. To address these issues, Seattle Foundation works to ensure that everyone in the community has a chance to thrive by guiding philanthropists to make strategic investments that directly address inequities in the community.

“To the nonprofits here, you are on the frontlines for meeting these growing community needs,” said Mestres. “I hope that today you connected with new partners, igniting a passion for community involvement in supporting your important work for creating lasting change. It’s why it’s so important for us to gather like this, to connect with nonprofits – and work together.”

The Seattle Foundation and Amazon partnership began in spring of 2016, when Amazon became a sponsor for GiveBIG, Seattle Foundation's annual online giving campaign to raise money for area nonprofit organizations. The two organizations have continued to work together through the nonprofit expos and again for GiveBIG 2017. 

The nonprofit participants in this year’s expo serve community needs in the areas of homelessness and affordable housing, literacy and STEM education. Amazon attendees expressed appreciation for the opportunity to learn more about the work of local nonprofits and how they can be part of those efforts.

View the coverage of the event.

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