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Tony Mestres, The Seattle Foundation's president and CEO, said Kimbia will make donating through GiveBig easier for residents. Photo from The Seattle Foundation.
Tony Mestres, The Seattle Foundation’s president and CEO. Photo from The Seattle Foundation.

The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG campaign for Seattle-area charities recovered from technical setbacks and surpassed its $20 million goal, with the help of matching grants.

Donations via GiveBIG’s website totaled $16.3 million and the Foundation’s stretch pool, donor, and employer matches amassed nearly $4.7 million, bringing the total to $21 million. The funds will go to participating Seattle non-profits.

GiveBIG was initially planned as a one-day fundraising event on Tuesday, but The Seattle Foundation decided to extend it through Wednesday after its third-party technology platform malfunctioned for several hours.

“There’s no question that we will have a whole new perspective on making sure that whatever we do in the future is rock solid, left to right,” Seattle Foundation President and CEO Tony Mestres told GeekWire on Wednesday.

Mestres counts the $21 million in donations a victory, considering the technical difficulties Tuesday.

givebig“The community did it,” he said in a press release. “The 1,600 amazing nonprofits and the nearly 50,000 donors have rallied together, overcame challenges and persevered. The generous spirit of our community prevailed and a large number of our nonprofit partners were able to achieve their fundraising goals, but certainly not all.”

While The Seattle Foundation was working to resolve issues with GiveBIG’s platform, many non-profits collected donations through their own portals. Those donations were not included in the $21 million total, but The Seattle Foundation plans to gather these totals and include them in the final GiveBIG reporting.

“We know some non-profit partners, when the platform was challenged, diverted donors to their own channels and we have good evidence to suggest that several million dollars went through those channels,” said Mestres.

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