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For those Kossacks living in Seattle and the Puget Sound region, today is the day to Give BIG. Give BIG is the Annual Day of giving sponsored by the Seattle Foundation to encourage citizens to give generously to local non-profit groups.

Give Big is supported by major Puget Sound corporations including Microsoft, Boeing, BECU, and Starbucks.

Many non-profit groups benefit from this highly visible day of giving because the Seattle Foundation provides a "Stretch Pool" of funds to encourage individual giving.

Further, individual or foundation supporters of non-profit groups provide "matching dollar for dollar" gifts to make the event more compelling and rewarding.

See below the Orange Cloud (Croissant?) for examples of great groups that are doing great work in the community and who have matching fund supporters lined up.

Real Change exists to provide opportunity and a voice for low-income and homeless people while taking action for economic justice. Real Change publishes the only “street newspaper” in Washington State and the only newspaper that consistently focuses on poverty, homelessness, and social justice. In 2012 Real Change had a paid circulation of over 872,562 copies. Vendors pay Real Change 60 cents for each Real Change Newspaper and resell the paper on the street for the Two Dollar cover price plus tips. Support Real Change here.

Union Gospel Mission provides emergency care and long-term recovery services to hurting and homeless people in Seattle. Union Gospel started serving soup for homeless and unemployed people during the Great Depression. 82 years later, they are still caring for our neighbors. Services include overnight shelter, hot meals, drug and alcohol recovery, gang intervention, after-school programs, dental care, and legal services. Support Union Gospel here.

The Whidbey Institute is a place where communities come together to thrive, where individuals are supported as leading-edge changemakers, and where our ecosystem's vitality is the core of all our activity. Nestled in 100 acres of sacred woodland, they catalyze, convene, renew and inspire positive change. They are part of strong local and global networks – individually, in organizations, in communities and through movements. The Whidbey Institute is working on issues such as Climate Change and recently hosted a conference of activists and change leaders working in this critical arena. Support the Whidbey Institute here.

We're fortunate that in the greater Seattle area, we have many many fantastic non-profit groups helping to build a more just, equitable, peaceful and sustainable world. If you have the capacity, please take a moment to look at the Give Big site and find a group that resonates with your personal values and give generously.  

Originally posted to Frank In WA on Tue May 06, 2014 at 04:14 PM PDT.

Also republished by Koscadia, PacNW Kossacks, and Seattle & Puget Sound Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    "The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope." -- Pierre Teilhard de Chardi

    by Frank In WA on Tue May 06, 2014 at 04:14:02 PM PDT

  •  rolls.. (1+ / 0-)
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    John Crapper


    im just thinking about giving love filled croissants to my Puget Sound neighbors now.

    (*breakfast croissant, mmmmmm)

    "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

    by Seattle Socialist on Tue May 06, 2014 at 06:09:22 PM PDT

  •  I love Real Change and Gospel Mission does (1+ / 0-)
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    great work day in and day out in our community.  

    If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

    by John Crapper on Wed May 07, 2014 at 12:38:48 PM PDT

  •  Thanks so much for this. (1+ / 0-)
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    John Crapper

    Washington State is a hub for world wide non-profit -- see Global Washington. The particular non-profit I work with is ACT for Congo, although what you'll see there is a nascent website with more info to come. (Do stop by frequently to see what's up.) In fact, I'll brag about the most recent -- Brilliant Grassroots Project that DK folks helped support:

    This is a video done by a group of single mothers in Goma with Maisha Soul -- and A-list pop group in Congo. Here is some translation:

    1st Verse:
    My dream was to have a better life
     Everywhere I went, I couldn't make it happen
     Now, today I saw the way
     Who knew! that by my own strength I can do it
     Oh oh oh I saw the way!
     Stand up never give up -- it's never too late!
Let's hold hands and succeed/overcome together.

    2nd Verse:

    Yesterday I had problems
     Here in the village I was laughed at
     My whole family threw me/kicked me out ah ah!
     My hunger/desire for life was exhausted
     But today I saw light I learned work/handicrafts
     I have faith now that I will overcome
     Oh oh i have faith now that I will . . . succeed
     Oh oh I have faith now that we will . . . . succeed

    3rd Verse:

    My name is [redacted by rb137].
     I dream of being a counselor for construction, for unity.
     I would never dream of being a counselor of division, of hatred or of tribalism . . . .

    4th Verse:

    My dream is to contribute to the development of my country.
     My dream is to take care of myself my whole life long.
     Oh me, as I am a woman, I must be a complement, not a burden

     Stand up never give up -- it’s never too late!
     Tushikane mkono Tushinde pamoja! (We will hold hands and succeed together!)

    Keep it up! We're doing a lot more than sitting on out asses here...

    "It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into." --Jonathan Swift

    by rb137 on Wed May 07, 2014 at 01:12:50 PM PDT

  •  I donated to one the food banks in my area (1+ / 0-)
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    John Crapper

    There are 2. I volunteer at one of them and donate to them, but never to the 2nd. Thought I should even the score somewhat.

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