How does a social media rock star support his offline community?

Wow! What an incredible day to be a part of the nonprofit community here in Seattle on GiveBIG Day!

  • At 11am this morning, the GiveBIG campaign brought in $1,267,558 in donations with 5,690 total gifts made!
  • By 1:39pm, donations from individuals crossed the $2 million mark! 
  • And nonprofits are flooding Twitter streams, Facebook feeds, and email inboxes making asks for people to be a part of the largest day of giving in King County’s history!

And who doesn’t want to be a part of this movement??!

You’ve heard from three people in our community tell you how they’re going to be a part of GiveBIG day today – one was our board member and tech maven, the second was a recent college graduate and our intern-turned-volunteer, and the third was a friend of Jolkona’s who is a global citizen. Today, I’d like to take a (small) break from appeals and introduce you to another friend of Jolkona, Kenji Onozawa, who is a big part of Seattle’s social media community but doesn’t forget about his offline community.

Interview with Kenji Onozawa, a Social Media Rock Star


1. Tell me a little about yourself:

During the day, I work managing my company’s social media program but when I’m not doing that, I keep pretty involved in the Seattle social media community.

2. Why are you excited about GiveBIG?

I’m excited about GiveBIG because as a Pacific Northwest native, it’s a chance for us to give back as a community and thank many of the people and programs that keep the Seattle area vibrant. I think for most of us (and I’m certainly included), it’s easy to forget that it’s not by sheer luck that the Greater Seattle area is amazing. It’s quite the opposite; there are a lot of extremely hard working people who dedicate their lives to keeping Seattle amazing. GiveBIG is an opportunity for the rest of us to show these people that we care about what they do.

3. Why do you support Jolkona?

Why do I support Jolkona? Truth is, there’s a lot of different organizations out there and while they’re all great in their own unique way, for me, Jolkona is at the top.

First off, I support Jolkona because if you donate through them, you’re not stuck dedicating to one cause, and that’s perfect for a person like me who cares about a lot of different things. Through Jolkona, I can support causes having to do with the environment, providing basic needs, and the environment in increments is as little as $5. Furthermore, Jolkona can help as local or global as I want; they work with organizations all over the world so it’s great for the times I want to support programs here in the Seattle area or for other times when I want to help people abroad.

Secondly, I like Jolkona because I don’t know another organization that can literally show me the impact of my money. It’s pretty cool that they can provide me proof that my money is actually helping someone is really incredible. Before when I gave to a cause, it felt like it was going into a black hole, never to be seen or heard from again; my money was just magically taken away, but I never knew if it actually impacted the person I intended it to. Well, Jolkona can provide me a picture of the exact person I was able to help – How rad is that?

Lastly, I’m happy to support Jolkona because I’ve met many of people involved with their organization and they’re some of the most passionate and intelligent people I’ve ever met. For me, knowing that my money and support is going to a group like that, makes doing more that much easier.

4. What are you pledging to do on June 23rd.

Truthfully? This is a lame answer but I don’t know yet. I’ll likely give all over the board because I care for a lot of different causes, but most of it will go to providing people with the basic necessities like food, water, and shelter.

Did you GiveBIG today?

If you haven’t, why not? It’s easy and will only take a few minutes out of your day. Here’s what you do:

  1. Go to Jolkona’s page on The Seattle Foundation website today between 7am and 11:59pm PDT. (To be eligible for stretch funds, your donation must be made through The Seattle Foundation website).
  2. Click on “Donate Now.” Donations can only be made by credit card. Give a little – or a lot – and watch it grow!
  3. Tell others about your donation through Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Encourage your friends to GiveBIG to Jolkona.

Bonus: When you give to Jolkona through The Seattle Foundation today, you will be eligible for the golden ticket which, if chosen, will award an extra $1,000 to Jolkona! The Seattle Foundation will choose one donor at random every hour throughout the day. Talk about increasing your impact!


Let’s keep this day on the map!


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