SEATTLE, May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Seattle Foundation announced it is extending GiveBIG (GiveBIG.seattlefoundation.org) an additional 24 hours through midnight tonight, in response to a vendor technology problem yesterday which affected nearly 40 giving day events here and across the country.
"We firmly believe our community's generosity can overcome yesterday's technology challenge. Our energies are fully focused on helping our more than 1,500 participating nonprofits reach their fundraising goals," said Seattle Foundation President & CEO Tony Mestres. "Our message to the community is keep giving big, and let's show our nonprofits what they mean to our community."
Seattle Foundation's goal for GiveBIG is $20 million. As of 8 a.m. this morning, online giving totaled nearly $11.6 million. An additional $1.5 million in nonprofit matching funds reached plus a $1 million Seattle Foundation stretch pool brings the total giving to approximately $14 million. Visit GiveBIG.seattlefoundation.org for the latest totals.
GiveBIG is an annual online event which invites the community to come together and give generously to more than 1,500 participating nonprofit organizations via GiveBIG.seattlefoundation.org.
"At its core, GiveBIG is about the community coming together to make an impact, and we are confident the community will rally with us to support the critical work underway to make Greater Seattle a stronger more vibrant community for all," added Mestres. "The challenge we faced is one of technology, not generosity."
About Seattle Foundation
Seattle Foundation ignites powerful, rewarding philanthropy to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. Focused on creating equity and opportunity, our goal as a community foundation is to simplify giving and strengthen the impact of philanthropy for the more than 1,200 individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits we serve. Our services include philanthropic advising, community insights, gift planning, family philanthropy, impact investing and global giving. Seattle Foundation annually presents GiveBIG, a 24-hour online giving event to raise funds for area nonprofit organizations. Learn more at: www.seattlefoundation.org.
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