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GIVEBIG Raises $113 Million in Eight Years

2018 event raised more than $16.6 million


May 10, 2018

May 9 was a big day for Greater Seattle area nonprofits participating in Seattle Foundation’s GIVEBIG. Based on preliminary results, the 2018 one-day online giving event generated $16.6 million for 1,588 local nonprofits representing a broad spectrum of community needs. That brings the total raised by GIVEBIG in its eight years of community generosity to $113.7 million.

The 2018 total includes online donations, realized matching gifts and projected employer matching funds. It also includes $250,000 in Dollars for Change awards of $2,500 each, made to 100 nonprofits drawn throughout the day via a computer-generated selection process. A complete list of Dollars for Change nonprofit awards is available at GIVEBIGSeattle.org.

In all, there were nearly 69,000 donations made this year through GIVEBIG, with an average gift amount of $155. The largest category of giving was for health and wellness. Additionally, businesses and individuals pledged matching funds to 517 nonprofits, providing donors with the opportunity to instantly double the impact of their gifts.

The organizations that raised the most money through online donations are: Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, Northwest Harvest, Seattle Public Library Foundation, Hopelink and KCTS Television.

In November 2017, Seattle Foundation announced that 2018 would be the final year it would present GIVEBIG. A coalition of nonprofit organizations is evaluating the feasibility of presenting a similar giving day in the future.

“In 2011, we created GIVEBIG to help nonprofits build their social media and online fundraising capabilities. That goal has clearly been met, with Seattle consistently one of the top cities in the nation for online giving. We thank the dedicated nonprofits, committed sponsors and generous donors for their enthusiastic support of GIVEBIG,” said Tony Mestres, president and CEO of Seattle Foundation, who added that the Foundation is exploring new, innovative ways it can support nonprofits in carrying out their missions going forward.

The $250,000 in funding for Dollars for Change was provided by Seattle Foundation, corporate sponsors, local foundations and individual philanthropists. This year GIVEBIG is presented by Seattle Foundation with support of presenting partners, Ballmer Group, KING 5, Seattle Sounders FC, The Seattle Times and STAR 101.5.

Lead supporters include Amazon, The Aven Foundation, BECU, The Boeing Company, Comic Relief, Microsoft and Microsoft Alumni Network.

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