I'm a bit late to talking about this, but May 15 is the Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG campaign. They collect matching from generous donors, and then connect civilians like me to local and regional nonprofits. On May 15, any funds donated get MATCHED by the Seattle Foundation.
And someday, when it's not so late, I plan to go back and use
the resources on the Seattle Foundation site to help me find a good
environmental organization to support. They do nice due diligence on organizations, as part of supplying grant
I cashed out my PayPal Account (where my contracting money goes) to make $500 in donations to some of my favorite charities. I gave money to the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance (on behalf of my
husband), Friends of Youth, Kirkland Interfaith Transitional Housing,
IDRI and the Puget Sound Blood Bank. And just like that, the thermometer ticked up by $1,000. Thanks Seattle Foundation!
So far, (as of 9:00 PM) 10 MILLION DOLLARS have been raised through this effort. That is stunning.