A BIG Day for Community

By Lindsay Hastings, Treehouse Annual Giving Manager

GiveBIG is an online day of giving presented by 501 Commons. On May 8, Treehouse and other nonprofit organizations throughout the Seattle area will receive funds as donors specify the charity they would like to support. 

Each year, I get a few phone calls and emails from folks asking: “What makes GiveBIG so special?” And each time, I feel a rush of joy and excitement.  

The special element? It is a day of strengthening our community.  

In 24 hours, thousands of people are inspired to give to hundreds of nonprofits right here in our community. If each one of us gives a little, we all give BIG. That bond for community is thrilling. When we all give together, the results are transformative. 

At Treehouse, the transformation has been realized in a few ways: 

BIG Results
Every high school cohort since our Class of 2015 has had a five-year graduation rate at or above 82 percent, consistently meeting or exceeding Washington state’s rates for all students. 

BIG Vision
Treehouse is sticking with youth after high school. With our new program Launch Success we provide ongoing coaching—and whatever else youth need for a successful launch into adulthood. We ensure each participant builds a strong network of natural supports because we know that having a consistent, caring adult to celebrate accomplishments and problemsolve challenges makes a BIG difference. 

BIG Goals
We are expanding our programs statewide. By 2022, youth in foster care across Washington will graduate from high school at the same rate as their peers, with support and a plan to launch successfully into adulthood. 

BIG Community
GiveBIG continues to provide necessary support for our youth. With fierce optimism, we are giving together to transform the futures of kids and youth in foster care.

To make the day even more special, we are matching up to $50,000 in GiveBIG donations! Give early to have your gift doubled.
Support Treehouse through GiveBIG at GiveBIG2019.org/Treehouse. If you missed the opportunity to donate during GiveBIG, you can donate anytime at treehouseforkids.org/donate. 

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About the Author

As Annual Giving Manager at Treehouse, Lindsay Hastings focuses on expanding philanthropic support for youth in foster care with members of the Treehouse donor community.

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