Today is the day for GiveBIG, the annual online fundraiser for Seattle-area nonprofits. The GiveBIG website explains:
Each donation up to $5,000 per donor, per organization, made to the 1,600 nonprofit organizations profiled on The Seattle Foundation's website between midnight and midnight Pacific Time on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, will receive a prorated portion of The Seattle Foundation's matching funds, or "stretch pool." The amount of the "stretch" depends on how much is raised in total donations on GiveBIG day. As long as you have access to the web and a credit card, you can participate!
BETHANY JEAN CLEMENT YouthCare: providing everything from socks, counseling, emergency shelter, housing, and education to Seattle's homeless youth DESC: helping Seattle's most vulnerable, chronically homeless men and women who are living with mental illness, addictive disorders, and physical disabilities by providing temporary shelter along with assistance with permanent housing Northwest Harvest: feeding the hungry people in Washington state Green Plate Special: helping low-income, ethnically diverse Seattle middle-school students learn to grow and cook (and eat!) healthy food
Big Brothers Big Sisters: Both the Puget Sound one and Southwest Washington. I volunteered for this organization for years, and the work they do to inspire confidence and make kids feel less alone in the world is remarkable. Reel Grrls: Reel Grrls helps girls break into a field where they are criminally underutilized by helping them develop editing and film-making skills. Everything they do is awesome. Teen Tix: One way to get kids into art is to make it affordable, and at $5 a ticket members get to see a ton of art. When you support Teen Tix you’re giving kids a chance to develop their art and community building muscles at the same time. The Bailey-Boushay House: People living with HIV/AIDS still need your help and support. The Bailey-Boushay House is an invaluable service for some of the most vulnerable people in our community, and the work they do is so stellar it often goes unnoticed, but they still need your help.
Social Justice Fund Northwest: Fantastic group that supports tiny grassroots activist organizations around the Northwest together represent social movements - which are the only things that create in radical, lasting social change. Former mayor Mike McGinn just joined the board. Seattle Young People's Project Refugee Women's Alliance InvestigateWest: InvestigateWest does one thing and one thing really well: local investigative journalism in the public interest, with an emphasis on the environment. No clickbait, no celebrity news, no bullshit. Just things we really need to know that we otherwise wouldn't. Support it. Got Green
Freedom Education Project Puget Sound, because they’re working hard for women in prison, sending high-quality professors in to teach classes, and have recently negotiated with education institutions to get those classes accredited, so when the prisoners are released, they’re already on a trajectory to further education. But more than that, FEPPS gives them a place to explore ideas and relationships beyond the daily, survivalist grind of prison life. And that’s important for them, their families, and the rest of us. On the Boards, because they’re consistently fucking great and have been cracking open this city’s notion of what performance can and should be for many, many years. They’ve improved the quality of conversation in this city. TeenTix, because they’ve successfully struggled to make themselves the crucial, youth-driven conduit connecting the newest generation of art-watchers with the established generation of art-makers, which invigorates and broadens the bandwidth of both sides of that equation. YouthCare and Teen Feed, because they take care of young people who are right on the precipice and living in situations that will probably shape the rest of their lives and the lives of everyone they’ll come into contact with for decades to come.