Imagine, one big day of giving helps support about 1,700 local nonprofits — including many that fund STEM education and job-training efforts — in the Seattle area.
The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG campaign, in its fifth year, is on tomorrow, starting at 12:01 a.m. For just 24 hours, the organization will raising funds for several nonprofits, including Reel Grrls, an after-school program for teen girls that helps them gain media technology skills, and Washington First Robotics, an after-school program for kids that encourages development in STEM skills.
“Seattle is the country’s fastest growing city, creating incredible economic growth for our region,” said Seattle Foundation president/CEO Tony Mestres in a release. “Yet we know that this prosperity is not shared amongst all of our citizens and as a community foundation, we’re focused on reducing inequities and ensuring everyone is on a path to success and self-sufficiency.”
The org reports that its GiveBIG campaigns have raised nearly $35 million since 2011. The Seattle Foundation points out that even though Seattle is a fairly affluent area, we still rank No. 40 in charitable giving among larger cities, according to a 2014 rankings from the Chronicle of Philanthropy. (Interestingly enough, San Francisco and San Jose rank even lower than we do.)
Learn more about how to participate in at the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG site.