The 48-hour GiveBIG 2016 is complete and Seattle Foundation’s team is now focused on meeting the commitments we made to deliver the best possible outcome from this year’s day of giving. Based on preliminary figures, GiveBIG generated a record $21 million in contributions to nonprofits, as compared to $16.2 million in 2015. This represents a 30-percent year-over-year increase. Online contributions via the GiveBIG website generated more than $16.3 million while Seattle Foundation’s stretch pool, donor and employer matches generated nearly $4.7 million. The total number of GiveBIG donors was 45,138, an increase from 37,036 last year. These preliminary results reflect the tremendous perseverance of our nonprofit organizations and the persistence of people eager to donate. In the end, our community’s determination and generosity prevailed.
We recognize that GiveBIG 2016 was a tremendous challenge for everyone.Nonprofits invest significant time and resources to develop their GiveBIG campaigns and they entrust that GiveBIG will be a good experience for their donors. For many, that was not the case this year. We share in your frustration and apologize for the impact Kimbia’s technology challenges had on all involved.
Seattle Foundation is committed to helping our region’s nonprofit organizations reach their GiveBIG goals. We have taken two important steps to demonstrate this commitment. We extended GiveBIG another 24 hours and we will include online credit card donations made directly to your organization on May 3-4 in the stretch-pool distribution. Many nonprofits did meet their goals, due to their perseverance and the availability of resources to work on this project for two days. That said, we acknowledge that not all organizations were successful despite great effort.
Kimbia, the technology partner, has made offers to mitigate the impact experienced by the nonprofit organizations. You may have read about these offers in the media. Seattle Foundation is in ongoing conversations with Kimbia about these reparations. We will share the outcome of these discussions once an agreement has been reached with Seattle Foundation, and when we can report the impact Kimbia’s actions will have on your organization’s net proceeds from GiveBIG.
In addition, we are eager to obtain information from you about online credit card donations made directly to your organization on May 3-4 when the GiveBIG web site was experiencing difficulties. Our finance team is designing a simple process for you to submit and document these donations. We are fine-tuning this process now and expect to share it with you within one week.
Looking ahead, we pledge that our approach to future giving days will be based on decisions made in continuing partnership with the nonprofit community. In the coming months, Seattle Foundation will ask you to join us in a conversation about the design and execution of GiveBIG. We will surface a range of options and ensure that GiveBIG 2017 or any alternative approach is a decision that the nonprofit community makes with us.
We appreciate the patience and understanding that many of you shared with us during the last week. Your perseverance and the donors’ persistence prevailed in a challenging day. GiveBIG's success is a tremendous reflection of our community’s generosity and the value placed on the vital work you do to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all.
Finally, you can view Q&A of commonly asked questions we are receiving from donors and nonprofits on the GiveBIG website. If you have questions about multiple donations please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a refund.
- Tony Mestres