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GiveBIG Online To Renton Nonprofits

This is the second event organized by the Seattle Foundation leveraging the power of social media to benefit King County nonprofit organizations.

For 24 hours this Wednesday, May 2, make a donation to any of the dozens of Renton nonprofits listed on the GiveBIG website and a portion of the donation will be matched by the Seattle Foundation, including:

This is the second year that the Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG online campaign has aimed to help King County nonprofit organizations raise funds and gain publicity, according to a foundation press release.

The idea's a simple one: make a donation to an organization that you support through the Seattle Foundation's dedicated web interface.

A share of your contribution is then matched with a 'stretch pool' of funds provided by the Foundation, local companies and individuals. According to The Seattle Times (read it here), if an organization earns 3 percent of total donated funds, it would receive 3 percent of the matching money in the stretch pool.

In 2011, the event raised a total of $3.6 million from 19,000 individual donations ranging from $5 to $60,000 that leveraged a $500,000 stretch pool. The GiveBIG effort was named 'Best Use of Social Media' for 2011 by Seattle Mazagine.

New this year is the chance to make a donation through your smart phone through The Seattle Foundation's mobile website.

GiveBIG this year takes place Wednesday, May 2 from 12:01 a.m. until midnight. Credit card donations made during this time will be counted as GiveBIG donations and used to calculate distribution of the stretch pool.

GiveBIG is presented by The Seattle Foundation and Lead Sponsors Bezos Family Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, Seattle International Foundation and Seattle Sounders FC.

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