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Kitsap Great Give raises $650,000 for local nonprofits

During the first annual Kitsap Great Give, for 24 hours on May 6, nearly 4,000 gifts totaling $539,000 were made to 200 nonprofits working to help and improve Kitsap County. In addition, $106,000 donated by sponsors was awarded to these nonprofits, resulting in a total of nearly $650,000 raised for the Kitsap nonprofit community.

The event, produced by the Kitsap Community Foundation along with Presenting Partner United Way of Kitsap County, exceeded its goal of raising $500,000 for local nonprofits.

“We are absolutely stunned by the generosity of our community,” said Harriette Bryant, the Board Chair of the Foundation. “We set an audacious goal of raising a half-million dollars in one day and we did it!”

Kol Medina, the Foundation’s executive director, said she credits the local nonprofit community and sponsors for the day’s success.

“What I love the most about this event is how it’s a team effort,” said Median. “We at the Foundation were proud to produce it, but it was the 200 local nonprofits, generous sponsors, and thousands of donors who made it successful. A truly historic day of charity for our community.”

Copying a model that was first used in the state by The Seattle Foundation with their GiveBIG, the Kitsap Community Foundation was the catalyst that created this 24-hour online giving event for the greater Kitsap area. The model relies on sponsors donating funds in advance that are then used to match donations made on the day of the event.

“This results in every donation made during the Great Give being magnified or stretched so that the nonprofits all receive more money than is donated to them during the event,” Medina said.

She said the model is a “win” for everyone involved.

“That’s why these days of giving work so well. It’s a win, win, win,” said Medina. “The sponsors get great publicity; the nonprofits get publicity and the donations; and the donors get to have their donations stretched so the nonprofit gets more than they actually donated. How awesome is that?”

People can go to www.kitsapgreatgive.org to see the list of nonprofits that participated in the event, including how many gifts were made and how much money was donated to each nonprofit.

The Foundation started planning the Kitsap Great Give in the summer of 2013.

Medina said sponsors included the United Way, Bremerton Bottling Co., Susan Wiggs, Orchard Foods (Taco Bell and KFC), Kitsap Credit Union, Wet Apple Media, Kitsap Sun, Sound Publishing, Bremerton-Kitsap Access Television (BKAT), Bainbridge Organic Distillers, Land Title Company, Bainbridge Community Foundation, Ios Ranch, The Point Casino and Point White Design.

For more information about the grant or scholarship selection process or the Kitsap Community Foundation, call Medina at 360-698-3622 or go to the website at www.kitsapfoundation.org.

 

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