Edmonds Center for the Arts ranked 4th in donations raised through GiveBIG

ECA thanks the community for their recent outpouring of support!
May 20, 2013

The Seattle Foundation’s “GiveBIG” campaign generated an astounding $11.1 million in online contributions for nonprofits, with the social-media fueled campaign exceeding its 2012 total of $7.4 million by 50 percent.

During the 24-hour period, more than 54,500 individual online gifts were made to more than 1,300 nonprofits profiled on www.seattlefoundation.org.

The Seattle Foundation “stretched” these gifts further, matching a share of every contribution with funds from a $1 million “stretch” pool provided by corporate sponsors, local philanthropists and The Seattle Foundation.

Locally, Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) was fourth on list of top donation recipients, with $164,321 received. Additionally, ECA received a $2,500 Challenge Grant from Arista Wine Cellars of Edmonds, WA, to encourage giving, and anticipates receiving approximately $15,000 in “stretch pool” funds from The Seattle Foundation, for a grand total of over $180,000 for the campaign.

The stretch pool from The Seattle Foundation began at $850,000 and The Seattle Foundation received additional commitments during the day bringing the total to $1 million by 5 p.m. The stretch pool has increased since GiveBIG was launched; it was $500,000 in GiveBIG’s first year and grew to $800,000 in 2012. The benefit of the stretch pool dollars is what motivates many people to participate in GiveBIG.

The five organizations receiving the highest total gifts are: Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest ($220,120), The Seattle Public Library Foundation ($194,012), Northwest Harvest/EMM ($176,324), Edmonds Center for the Arts ($164,321), and The 5th Avenue Theatre ($159,915).

The average gift size was $204.

ECA operates with a $1.5 million budget annually, at least 43 percent of which is contributed revenue.  Serving nearly 60,000 people each year, ECA brings 23 stimulating performances to the stage annually; offers student and community education and outreach programs onsite, in schools and at other nonprofit partners such as the Edmonds Senior Center; serves as a home for partner organizations such as Cascade Symphony Orchestra, Sno-King Community Chorale and Olympic Ballet Theatre; boasts a classic gymnasium that is active year-round with sports activities; and also contains classroom spaces available for meetings and events.

Edmonds Center for the Arts has an estimated annual economic impact of $3M, and provides vital arts and cultural activities that build community and enhance the quality of life locally and regionally.

“ECA continues to increase our impact in the community year after year, bringing valuable performing arts to the community and contributing to our local economy,” ECA Director of Advancement Jamie Herlich said.  “We would never be able to provide the programs and services without the incredible support of our community.

“The outpouring of support for ECA this week through GiveBIG is indication of the value of our organization to the community at large and is further motivation to continue to deliver valuable programs to the community.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the results of this campaign, and are overwhelmed by the community’s support.”

Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA), is a non-profit performing arts facility located in scenic downtown Edmonds, Washington.

Located in the historic original Edmonds High School building, ECA was remodeled and opened in October 2006 to be a cultural resource for the Puget Sound region through performing arts presentations, community partnerships and education outreach programs.

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