Seattle is prospering and so should its nonprofit sector. #GiveBIG on Tuesday.

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SEATTLE is one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities, but success can’t be measured merely by the number of cranes downtown and jobs created.

This boomtown of ours, in good times and bad, is known for its strong philanthropic spirit and civic-minded residents.

Readers are encouraged to recommit to that legacy by giving generously to the Seattle Foundation‘s fifth annual GiveBIG, a 24-hour online campaign to raise money for more than 1,600 charities serving the city, county and state. That money stretches even further because all contributions receive a percentage of additional matching funds — a “stretch” pool.

On May 5, from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., people can donate as much as they’d like to nonprofits working to make the region stronger, healthier and more inclusive.

To see the extensive list of participating charities and to learn their core missions, visit the website and click on the big blue “Search Nonprofits” button.

Charities are split into eight categories: housing, health and wellness, neighorboods and communities, economy, global giving, environment, education, and arts and culture.

If you want to to help students break the cycle of poverty, give to the College Success Foundation, which provides scholarships and mentoring to low-income students.

Love the arts? Consider ArtsFund, which provides grants to nearly 70 local arts groups.

Help adults from large ethnic groups learn English and adapt to their new country by supporting Helping Link or the Somali Youth & Family Club.

The possibilities are endless, but time is limited.

Spread the word on social media Tuesday using the hashtag #GiveBIG. Talk about why you’re helping with the hashtag #WhyIGiveBig.

During the first four years of the campaign, the foundation reports more than 175,000 individuals donated nearly $35 million to local causes.

Last year, donors raised an impressive $12.9 million in one day, leading to an additional $1 million in matching funds.

In 2015, the city is thriving. Seattleites should get involved by giving big.