Giving Tuesday: Your questions answered

NOVEMBER 24, 2015:  Spread joy with clarity! Here are some questions and answers about our Giving Tuesday donation drive. Question not answered? Send us a note; please put Giving Tuesday in the subject line.

  • Ready to donate? You can do so here.

So what is Giving Tuesday?

Giving Tuesday is a global day to give back and help others through donations, time, good deeds or voice. It uses social media to spread the message. 
Giving Tuesday debuted online in 2012 and helped raise an estimated $14 million. Last year, Giving Tuesday generated donations to 15,000 nonprofits and raised an estimated $46 million worldwide, according to companies that process online donations for nonprofits.

Is it similar to Give Big? 

Yes – but it is not affiliated. Give Big is a local day of giving in the spring; it is coordinated and marketed by the Seattle Foundation. Give Big similarly focuses on using social media to raise awareness about nonprofits and to encourage people to give back to their community. Giving Tuesday is worldwide and is not affiliated with the Seattle Foundation or Give Big.

Where will your donations go?

Donations will support Wellspring's nonprofit Community Services. These include the Early Learning Center that we are featuring on social media this Giving Tuesday, as well as our Housing Services, Domestic Violence Intervention program, our parent-child counseling services, and our Baby Boutique, a free store for kids’ essentials.

At Wellspring, we help families tap their strengths, rebuild their lives, and become resilient. How we serve clients will vary depending on their situation, but we always take a thoughtful, therapeutic approach to address the roots of instability and to mitigate the effects of toxic stress

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes! Donations made through Crowdrise will be processed through Network for Good, a nonprofit, donor-advised fund (tax ID 68-0480736), which will then distribute your gift to Wellspring Family Services.

Matching gifts!

Did you know that your gift could be doubled or tripled if your employer has a Matching Gift program? To find out if your gift is matched, search here

What is Crowdrise?

Crowdrise is a third-party online fund-raising platform. We have used it at Wellspring for special donation drives so that we can better track the impact of the event. It also helps make giving fun. For instance, we have two teams raising money for Wellspring this Giving Tuesday, one led by our associate board and one led by Washington Holdings. Crowdrise lets the teams track in real time how they are doing. Crowdrise has also created a Giving Tower app so donors can visualize the collective impact of Giving Tuesday. 

Can I donate directly to Wellspring (bypass Crowdrise)?

Yes. If you prefer, you can donate directly to Wellspring Family Services through our usual online donation page

Or, you can send a check to:
Wellspring Family Services
1900 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144

For more information about donor options, click here.

Remember, spread joy! 

A big part online giving drives is to spread awareness about the impact giving has, and to let people know about the great nonprofit work in their community. 

Take a moment to share your support for Wellspring Family Services on Facebook and Twitter  - and stay connected for news and updates throughout the year. Spread joy and share our news!

 

OUR MISSION: Build emotionally healthy, self-sufficient families and a nonviolent community in which they can thrive.