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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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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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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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