The Seattle Foundation’s annual #GiveBIG campaign, which boosts donations to 1,600 Seattle-area nonprofits, raised an astonishing $12.89 million yesterday! Super-heroic, indeed.
We’re still in the process of tallying up donations, and we don’t know about our share of the foundation’s “stretch pool” or matching funds from eligible employers yet, but it looks like we raised about $1,500 for Jolkona within that 24-hour window. The funds will be used for our Seattle operations and to support an increased focus on South and Southeast Asia – particularly Bangladesh and Indonesia.
Special thanks to all our heroes, including Heide Felton, Trevor Rotzien and Michelle Primley Benton! (We would love to turn all our GiveBIG donors into superheroes. If you gave to Jolkona yesterday and want to get suited up, just tweet your preferred photo to @Jolkona or post it to our Facebook page this week.) It’s truly an honor to live and work in such a giving community.
I’m especially gratified because I’m wrapping up my time as Jolkona’s Communications Manager this month. Between our “Which Philanthropist Are You?” quiz, the Huffington Post and Seattle Times op-eds about the Bangladesh garment industry and factory disaster anniversary, and now all this GiveBIG fun, I’m feeling a bit like a superhero, too… albeit a pretty tired one today! It’s a good time to try one of those digital sabbaticals. Fortress of Solitude, anyone?
Gotta fly now…