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GiveBIG runs into BIG web site problems

May 3rd, 2016 by Mike

3 p.m. update:

Here’s a Seattle Times piece that somewhat understates the problem.

Today is GiveBIG day, a day of charity supported by the Seattle Foundation.

Except, unlike in previous years, it’s not working.

For the thousands of people trying to support their favorite charities, the advice seems to be: Keep trying.

The Seattle Foundation’s Facebook page is filling up with comments like:

Ryan Kitchen Unfortunately, the web site isn’t slow. Its been broken all day for most non-profit donations. Love the optimism, but you guys are whistling past the graveyard on this one. More communication and remediation for all the donors who (still) can’t donate needs to happen, as well as some serious apologizing.

Natasha Dworkin I’m a marketing consultant with several clients participating in #GiveBIG. Across the boards, NONE of their pages are functional and NO donors have been able to donate. We are directing supporters to donate through organizational websites instead.

Maelyn Ritter It’s been over an hour – still no update and this post is still understating the problem – here’s a little advice from the mouth of an IT Ops person whose job is to prevent this sort of thing from ever happening….

“What the Seattle Foundation should be doing right now is putting out a statement acknowledging that this is a big issue and then getting Kimbia to publish their data metrics so people know that they are busting b*tt to fix this…a single Twitter message is a good way to anger frustrated people….you need to keep posting updates on a schedule until the problem is solved so people know you are working the issue”

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Help a family this holiday season

November 22nd, 2015 by Mike

A Subaru full of bears on their way to Holiday Helpers.

Looking for a way to help others in your own community this holiday season?

Children’s Home Society, the oldest nonprofit serving children in the state of Washington, is looking for donors to become “Holiday Helpers” for local low-income families served by its North Seattle Family Resource Center in Lake City.

“Holiday Helpers” can adopt a family and buy gifts from a child’s wish list, buy a grocery gift card or make a cash donation.

This is the center’s 20th year of helping local families with the holidays, and it hopes to find sponsors for 250 children who live in North Seattle and Shoreline, including in the 98115 and 98125 zip codes.

This year the center is partnering with Meadowbrook Community CARE and its Lake City Holiday Project, which works with nonprofits to provide gifts to low-income children.

For more details email HolidayHelper@chs-wa.org, or call 206-364-7930.

For other information:

North Seattle Family Resource Center: http://www.chs-wa.org/NSFC.html

Children’s Home Society http://www.chs-wa.org/

Disclaimer: The editor’s wife volunteers for Children’s Home Society and is handling Holiday Helper donor sign-ups for the North Seattle Family Resource Center.

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Today is GiveBIG day for your favorite charity

May 5th, 2015 by Mike

Poster at the park for the Maple Leaf Community Council on GiveBIG day.

Perhaps you’ve already received an email. Or 12. From charities you support.

It’s GiveBIG day.

All donations made through The Seattle Foundation’s website on GiveBIG day will receive a percentage of the matching funds (or “stretch”) pool. This percentage depends on the size of the stretch pool and how much is raised in total donations on GiveBIG day. In other words, it is a prorated match.

In 2014, the stretch pool was $1,000,000 and the total amount of stretch-eligible donations was $12,800,000. The stretch percentage worked out to 8.3% (or approximately 8 cents on the dollar).

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Yard sales this Saturday to support children, cats

July 22nd, 2014 by Mike

Saturday brings two yard sales – one here and one nearby – to benefit good causes.

The Friends of Campus Cats Jumble Sale is being held here in Maple Leaf at 10 a.m. on July 26th.

An hour earlier, at 9 a.m., the Seattle Ronald McDonald House will host its second annual Sidewalk Sale in Wedgwood.

The local sale, benefiting cat rescue on the University of Washington campus and several neighborhoods, including Maple Leaf, is at 536 N.E. 100th St. Watch for the signs on Roosevelt Way Northeast.

The organizers are also still looking for donations:

This year’s fabulous Campus Cats Jumble Sale is set for July 26 (final Saturday of the month), right in the heart of lovely Maple Leaf. Come one, come all—even dog lovers are welcome!  We open at 10 a.m., and have a strict no-early-bird, no-whining policy.

All our items are donated goods, and 100% of the proceeds go to Friends of Campus Cats, a charity that manages and rescues (where possible) feral cats on the University of Washington campus and various neighborhoods around the city.

We are still gratefully accepting donations (which are tax-deductible, by the way, as we are a 501(c)(3) organization). We accept books, CDs, DVDs, knick-knacks, collectibles, kitchenware, crafts and hobby supplies, small appliances, jewelry and the like. The more, the better, for both your tax return and for our fuzzy charges. We will gladly pick up if you are unable to deliver, so please call or email to make arrangements.

Also needed are volunteers to help on the day of the sale. Again, please email or call for details.

Contact Sharon Talbert, 206-442-2051 (voicemail) or friendsofcampuscats@gmail.com

The other sale, “featuring 10,00s of items donated by local businesses including Chef’n, Compendium, Kid’s Club, Super Jock ‘N Jill and more,” takes place in front of the Ronald McDonald House, 5130 40th Ave. N.E.

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Western Washington & Alaska supports seriously ill children and their families. At the Seattle Ronald McDonald House, we provide a “home-away-from-home” to help families through a difficult time. We also provide a van service for families staying in Anchorage while their children receive medical care.

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Today is GiveBIG day – support your local charities

May 6th, 2014 by Mike

Today is GiveBIG day, the day to donate to your favorite nonprofit charities, and have your dollars “stretched” by The Seattle Foundation.

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 today, 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!

To donate, go here. Or act on any of the many emails you’ve probably received this week from nonprofits.

Local non-profits we’ve heard from this week include:

The Maple Leaf Community Council, which has declared May its Membership Month. Their link is here.

North East Seattle Together (NEST) which supports seniors and building community. That link is here. Disclosure: the editor is a member of the NEST board.

Seattle Neighborhood Farmer’s Markets, here.

The Northwest Puppet Center, here.

Seattle Audubon Society, here.

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Today is GiveBIG day for your favorite charities

May 15th, 2013 by Mike

Waving for donations. On behalf of the Maple Leaf Community Council, member Donna Hartmann-Miller works the morning commute for GiveBIG contributions.

Today is GiveBIG day, the day to donate to your favorite nonprofit charities, and have your dollars “stretched” by The Seattle Foundation.

Grow your gift! All credit card donations* made through The Seattle Foundation’s website TODAY, May 15 between midnight and midnight (Pacific Time) will be stretched thanks to $850,000 in support for GiveBIG from The Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG sponsors.

* We will “stretch” all donations up to $25,000 per donor, per organization.

To donate, go here. Or act on any of the many emails you’ve probably received this week from nonprofits.

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North Helpline, Fred Meyer hold turkey drive Friday, Saturday

November 17th, 2011 by Mike

We’ve already told you that North Helpline, a food bank that serves our area, is holding a benefit in early December.

Now it’s teamed up with Fred Meyer, across the street from the food bank offices at 13000 Lake City Way N.E., for a turkey drive.

From North Helpline:

We will be onsite at the store collecting donated turkeys on

Friday the 18th – noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday the 19th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AND FRED MEYERS IS KICKING IT ALL OFF BY DONATING THE FIRST $500WORTH OF TURKEYS!!!!

North Helpline sees over 850 families each week and we need your help to make sure every table has a turkey this year.

North Helpline is a 501 (c) 3 organization.Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

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Food bank gets a week’s donations – needs more

June 21st, 2011 by Mike

Last week, for the first time its director can remember, the North Helpline food bank ran out of canned meat, peanut butter and other sources of protein.

After a public plea, the food bank brought in enough donations to last – well, at least through the week.

“We did collect 32 pounds of protein at Cloud City and individual donors have brought in approximately 200 pounds. I think we got another 45 pounds at Wedgwood Ale House,” said Amy Besunder, executive director.

“It is still slow going … I think we have enough for this week’s distribution.”

In her first plea Besunder wrote: “We are very low on sources of protein and could use donations of canned tuna, chicken, corned beef, chili & peanut butter or frozen packages of meat.”

You can donate at the North Helpline, 12736 33rd Ave. N.E., or at barrels at these businesses:

  • Walgreens Drug Store,14352 Lake City Way N.E.

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Food bank gets a week's donations – needs more

June 21st, 2011 by Mike

Last week, for the first time its director can remember, the North Helpline food bank ran out of canned meat, peanut butter and other sources of protein.

After a public plea, the food bank brought in enough donations to last – well, at least through the week.

“We did collect 32 pounds of protein at Cloud City and individual donors have brought in approximately 200 pounds. I think we got another 45 pounds at Wedgwood Ale House,” said Amy Besunder, executive director.

“It is still slow going … I think we have enough for this week’s distribution.”

In her first plea Besunder wrote: “We are very low on sources of protein and could use donations of canned tuna, chicken, corned beef, chili & peanut butter or frozen packages of meat.”

You can donate at the North Helpline, 12736 33rd Ave. N.E., or at barrels at these businesses:

  • Walgreens Drug Store,14352 Lake City Way N.E.

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Response to North Helpline food bank plea

June 18th, 2011 by Mike

A quick update on our post from Wednesday on the North Helpline food bank running out of protein.

On Thursday the donation barrel at Cloud City Coffee was overflowing – mostly with tuna, mac and cheese, and peanut butter.

(The food bank picked it up, so there’s plenty of room now for more.)

Also Thursday, at our sister site, Wedgwood View, Dan wrote:

“Someone took this article to heart. I was at the Wedgwood alehouse tonight and some family just unloaded a dozen bags of food from their SUV into the donation barrel.”

We’ll check next week to see how the overall donations went.

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