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Red Nose Day Invests $225,000 in GIVEBIG Matching Grants

Seattle Foundation and Comic Relief announce a new partnership combining the power of Red Nose Day with GIVEBIG 2018 to help nonprofits in Greater Seattle address child poverty.

May 03, 2018

Joining forces with Seattle Foundation for GIVEBIG 2018, Red Nose Day USA is offering a $225,000 matching grant for 55 Seattle nonprofit organizations who share Red Nose Day’s mission to end child poverty and keep children safe, healthy and educated.

RND Tony“We’re excited to work with Red Nose Day to leverage our community expertise into powerful impact to fight childhood poverty and fight for children in need,” said Tony Mestres, President and CEO of Seattle Foundation. “The power of GIVEBIG was a catalyst in creating this new partnership. We look forward to our generous community making the most of this wonderful opportunity in support of OUR kids.”

The Red Nose Day matching grants were awarded to 55 nonprofits and range from $1500 to $10,000. Each nonprofit that secures online donations equal to or greater than the match amount through the GIVEBIG online giving platform by May 9, will receive matching funds to support local programs that further the mission to end child poverty. Seattle Foundation’s GIVEBIG, one of the largest online giving events in the country, harnesses community generosity to invest in nonprofits serving the community’s great needs. In its eight years, GIVEBIG has raised $100 million that is invested in the Greater Seattle region.

The announcement was made at a breakfast at Seattle Foundation, attended by actress Erika Christensen, a Seattle native, and actor Sam Jaeger, who starred together on the critically-acclaimed television series Parenthood, and are passionate about helping children and families. They joined a panelRND stars discussion moderated by Seattle Foundation President & CEO Tony Mestres with Janet Scardino, CEO of Comic Relief USA, the charity behind Red Nose Day; Alex Reid, Head of Campaigns and Digital Communications for longstanding Red Nose Day partner the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Susan Yang, executive director of Denise Louie Education Center; and Victoria Santos, co-director of Young Women Empowered.

"Partnering with Seattle Foundation’s GIVEBIG was a natural fit for us,” said Janet Scardino, CEO, Comic Relief. “Red Nose Day is about bringing people together by making it fun to make a difference. This matching grant is our opportunity to help change lives of children who need it most here in Seattle.”


Red Nose Day returns Thursday, May 24 to drive change through the power of entertainment. It encourages people across the country to come together, have fun and make a difference in the lives of children who need our help the most, in the U.S. and around the world. Red Nose Day's mission is to end child poverty – one nose at a time. 

Red Noses are now on sale at Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide. Money raised from the sale of Red Noses, donations and fundraising activities, go to the Red Nose Day Fund, part of which will be used to provide the match to Seattle Foundation’s GIVEBIG 2018 efforts. The annual fundraising campaign culminates in a star-studded night of special programming on NBC on May 24.

The organizations selected for this GIVEBIG/Red Nose Day match opportunity to improve outcomes for children are:

Assistance League of Seattle

Atlantic Street Center

Center for Human Services


Children’s Alliance

City Year Seattle/King County

College Access Now

College Success Foundation

Communities in Schools Renton

Communities in Schools Seattle

Denise Louie Education Center

Eastside Baby Corner

Encompass Northwest


Food Lifeline

Friends of CASA King County

Friends of the Children – Seattle

Girl Scouts of Western Washington



Juma Ventures

Kent Youth and Family Services


Legal Counsel for Youth and Children

Mary’s Place Seattle

Mercy Housing Northwest

Multi-Service Center


Nexus Youth and Families

Northwest Harvest

Open Doors for Multicultural Families

Bellevue LifeSpring

Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program

Para Los Niños de Highline

Pediatric Interim Care Center Newborn Nursery

Rainier Valley Foodbank

Reach Out and Read

Reading Partners

RESULTS Educational Fund

Seattle Education Access

Seattle Milk Fund

Somali Family Safety Task Force

Sound Mental Health

Southeast Seattle Education Coalition

Southeast Youth and Family Services

Team Read

The Somali Health Board

Washington State Smile Partners

Westside Baby

White Center Food Bank

Year Up Puget Sound

You Grow Girl!

Young Women Empowered

Youth Eastside Services




Nonprofit Partners


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