May 9 is the day for Seattle to show how generous its residents are and Give Big.
CELEBRATE Seattle’s community spirit and donate generously during Wednesday’s Give Big campaign.
The Seattle Foundation project hopes to mark its final Give Big day by surpassing $100 million in total donations since 2011 to more than 1,600 King County nonprofits.
Washington is one of the top five most-generous states in the nation, according to data gathered by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Residents here gave an average of $4,608 in 2015, which is well above the national average of $2,449 and just below Utah, North Dakota and Kansas.
Charitable giving, in general, is on a downward trend across the nation. Just over 55 percent of households donated to charity in 2014, a decrease of 11 percent since 2000, according to the Indiana researchers. Individuals can compare their generosity to others with similar incomes using a tool called the Give-O-Meter at the university’s new philanthropy website, Generosity For Live.
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This downward trend is a challenge for the nonprofit organizations doing so much good in the community, from feeding the hungry to promoting the arts. Seattle can do its best to reverse this trend by giving big.
Since 2011, Give Big has worked to boost online giving in the community. The project has been so successful that some people find their email boxes overwhelmed with appeals in the week leading up to donation day.
Givers shouldn’t let email fatigue stop their generosity. Give Big is a convenient way to catch up on charitable giving. Just log on, pick some charities, set giving amounts and check out.
Show your love for your favorite charities or explore the Seattle Foundation site and discover new causes to support. And giving “big” isn’t required. Donations as small as $10 are welcome. And the Seattle Foundation amplifies some donations with its Dollars for Change program. Selected participating nonprofits will receive an extra $2,500, for a total of $250,000 additional.
Givers are not required to wait until Wednesday to express their generosity. Donations can be preloaded online before.
So, give. And, if you can, give big.