Donors gave more than $19 million to local nonprofits as part of last year’s GiveBIG.

Those 1,500-plus participating organizations are now hoping to make the most of the eighth and final iteration of the Seattle Foundation’s one-day online giving campaign on May 9. Donations can also be scheduled in advance.

For the Queen Anne Helpline — which provides financial and supportive services to those in three zip codes covering three neighborhoods (Queen Anne, Magnolia, and South Lake Union) — the event has brought in around $30,000 a year. It’s a figure executive director Lisa Moore called “significant,” though the individual pledges don’t necessarily have to be big.

“It’s really an opportunity for people who don’t feel like they can write the big checks to be able to participate and help support our work,” she said.

Those donations will be stretched this year in the form of a $6,000 match, as one of many nonprofits giving donors the opportunity to make their contributions go further.  

The Queen Anne Food Bank is another beneficiary of matching funds, with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Employee Matching Gift Program doubling up on the first $10,000 raised.

The food bank is also using GiveBIG to kick-off its annual 10-day food and fund drive, previously held in the fall.

“The time we need food the most is the summer,” said director Stephanie Monroney in explaining the change.

Donors also have a new way to give, through the use of the food bank’s “Fill the Bowl” mobile app for iOS and Android. Not only does the app show the most needed items, but allows users to order those items through Amazon and have them delivered directly to the food bank.

“It’s kind of like taking food drives from the 1950s and into the present-day digital era,” she said.

That said, people can still host traditional food drives with their coworkers, friends, or neighbors, and drop off their donations at the food bank at any point during the 10-day challenge.

For Picture Perfect Queen Anne, GiveBIG accounted for nearly half of its 2017 budget, bringing in a much-needed several thousand dollars.

“It’s really a key part of our fundraising,” said board president Margaret Okamoto.

That money will go toward the purchase of new plants along Queen Anne Avenue, and the cost of watering the gardens throughout the year, which could increase significantly for the organization if Seattle experiences another hot, dry summer.  

Those three organizations are far from the only neighborhood groups hoping to bring in an influx of funding, with the Queen Anne Farmers Market and the Queen Anne Historical Society also taking part. Numerous entities that make Seattle Center their home are hoping to take advantage as well, like the Friends of KEXP, the Seattle Opera, the Seattle Children’s Museum (offering a $6,000 match), and Northwest Folklife (matching the first $40,000 donated thanks to a challenge grant by the Wyncote Foundation Northwest).

The Seattle Public Library Foundation has a $30,000 match and is aiming to raise $300,0000 to support programming and purchase books for the system, which has branches in both Queen Anne and Magnolia.

Meanwhile, nonprofits are also preparing for their future fundraising efforts without the presence of GiveBIG on the calendar. Though a similar day of local giving could emerge in a new form in 2019, that’s no guarantee.

Picture Perfect Queen Anne has had early discussions around holding a one-day campaign in conjunction with Giving Tuesday after Thanksgiving, while the food bank has aims of launching its food and fund drive with a community event in the coming years.  

But Okamoto said she’s appreciated how GiveBIG has helped spread the word about the work of local nonprofits.

“I just think it increases awareness to the fact there are so many organizations in this area that do a lot of good for our communities,” Okamoto said.

For more information on GiveBIG, to see a full list of participating nonprofits, or to schedule a donation, visit