Dozens of local nonprofits, from to , , and many more, are counting on community members GivingBIG tomorrow.
This is the second year that the Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG online campaign has aimed to help King County nonprofit organizations raise funds and gain publicity, according to a foundation press release (Read it here).
The idea's a simple one: make a donation to an organization that you support through the Seattle Foundation's dedicated web interface.
A share of your contribution is then matched with a 'stretch pool' of $500,000 provided by the Foundation, local companies and individuals. According to The Seattle Times (read it here), if an organization earns 3 percent of total donated funds, it would receive 3 percent of the matching money in the stretch pool.
In 2011, the event raised a total of $3.6 million from 19,000 individual donations ranging from $5 to $60,000 that leveraged a $500,000 stretch pool. The GiveBIG effort was named 'Best Use of Social Media' for 2011 by Seattle Mazagine.
New this year is the chance to make a donation through your smart phone through The Seattle Foundation's mobile website.
GiveBIG this year takes place Wednesday, May 2 from 12:01 a.m. until midnight. Credit card donations made during this time will be counted as GiveBIG donations and used to calculate distribution of the stretch pool. The Foundation will update donation totals throughout the day on its Facebook Page.
If you want to really get local with the event, stop by between 10 a.m. and noon tomorrow for an open house in conjunction with the GiveBIG campaign.
GiveBIG is presented by The Seattle Foundation and Lead Sponsors Bezos Family Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, Seattle International Foundation and Seattle Sounders FC.