Posted by Jimmy Lovaas
The Seattle Foundation is calling its recent GiveBig fundraising drive an astonishing success, as well it should, having raised more than $11 million in 24-hours.
The group said donations were up more than 50 percent from the previous year’s efforts.
The organization used Twitter and other social media extensively to direct contributors to more than 1,300 different groups profiled on its website. Additionally, $1 million of the donations were matched by corporate sponsors, local philanthropists and The Seattle Foundation itself.
More than 54,000 contributors from 50 states and 39 foreign countries donated money, according to the foundation’s news release. The average gift size was $204.
Reel Grrls, a media and technology-training program for girls ages 9-19, was one of the nonprofits that received donations during the drive. Betsey Brock, director of external relations, said her organization has a small staff and a small budget.
She said the $15,000 they received will help their bottom line.
“But just as valuable is the number of new donors we reach,” Brock said. “I’m floored by how many people who work in nonprofits, who are artists, musicians and dancers, are giving and talking about GiveBig.”
The five organizations receiving the most in gift money were:
- Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest: $220,120
- The Seattle Public Library Foundation: $194,012
- Northwest Harvest/EMM: $176,324
- Edmonds Center for the Arts: $164,321
- The 5th Avenue Theatre: $159,915