05.04.2021

BIG Giving, BIG Impact

By Lindsay Hastings, Treehouse Annual Giving Manager

Join Treehouse on May 4-5 for GiveBIG, the kick off of our National Foster Care Month activities. To stretch your impact even more, we are matching GiveBIG donations up to $48,000! Give early to double your gift.

2021 marks the 10th anniversary of GiveBIG – the springtime movement where supporters across our community come together to invest in Washington nonprofits. This milestone is an important one for me. I was actually part of the first GiveBIG, and have experienced the power of collective giving each and every year.

I wanted to share some of the impacts I have seen through the years:

  • Joy: GiveBIG is a time of celebration! It’s high-energy on social media with folks sharing why they are supporting causes dear to them. I have read some really wonderful statements about how people chose to make their first-ever donation because of GiveBIG. Families have encouraged their kids to find nonprofits they could support with their saved funds from allowances and bake sales. Others have emailed me to share that they give to Treehouse each and every year during GiveBIG. With the busyness of the campaign, I encourage you to pause and find your joy and share it with someone.
  • Discovery: One of the coolest features of GiveBIG is the cart! You can donate to multiple nonprofits and check out just once. The site allows us to search for causes by name, region, service category and opportunities to volunteer and attend events. It is a true treasure trove of ways to learn about organizations committed to making a difference. It has been a wonderful thing to spend some time clicking on different organization profiles and supporting my long-time favorites and finding new ones I can join.
  • Strength: In 2020, 91,618 donations were made to 1,635 nonprofits. These donations combined with donor-advised funds and IRA contributions, matching gifts and in-kind contributions totaled $19.2 million! Since its inception, GiveBIG has raised $144 million for nonprofits – wow! It is incredible to see the power of collective support. When each of us comes together and gives, our vibrant and amazing community is strengthened.

For those of you who have participated in GiveBIG over the past decade, I want to say thank you! For those exploring GiveBIG for the first time, I welcome you. Thank you for bringing joy, discovery and strength to Treehouse and other organizations.

Support Treehouse through GiveBIG at givebigwa.org/treehouse. If you missed the opportunity May 4-5, 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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