1. The PubliCalendar has been hyping it for two weeks now: Today is GiveBIG Day, the Seattle Foundation's annual online omnibus fundraiser for all the city's nonprofits.
Here's the list of 1,600 nonprofits with links to their GiveBIG donation page; the more that's raised in aggregate, the bigger the Seattle Foundation's match donation becomes. Or as the Seattle Foundation explains it: "Each donation up to $5,000 per donor, per organization, made to the 1,600 nonprofit organizations profiled on The Seattle Foundation's website between midnight and midnight Pacific Time today, May 6, 2014, will receive a prorated portion of The Seattle Foundation's matching funds, or 'stretch' pool. The amount of the 'stretch' depends on how much is raised in total donations on GiveBIG day. As long as you have access to the web and a credit card, you can participate!"
The PubliCal has also already identified some of our favorite non-profits: Futurewise, El Centro de la Raza, Transportation Choices Coalition, Mary's Place, the Northwest Film Forum, and the Rainier Valley Food Bank.
The campaign raised $11.1 million during last year's collaborative effort, after which Josh argued that nonprofits should take note of the success—and efficiency—and follow the for-profit world's "Sharing Economy" example by sharing more than just a development director for a day.
2. Speaking of raising money: Keep Seattle Moving, the group that formed to put an initiative on the Seattle ballot this November to fund Seattle bus service with a property tax increase of .22 per $1,000 of assessed value, has enlisted former Mayor Mike McGinn to help.
Keep Seattle Moving, which filed its initiative after Prop. 1—the King County sales tax and Vehicle License Fee measure to prevent Countywide Metro Bus cuts—failed last month.
McGinn is sending out email fundraising pitches and Facebook pings inviting people to Keep Seattle Moving's signature gathering kickoff party this Thursday at the Spitfire in Belltown.
The group needs 22,000 signatures by early June to get the measure, which would raise $30 million a year, on the November ballot.
The former mayor writes: "They asked me to help - and that’s why I’m contacting you. Seattle voters overwhelmingly supported Prop 1—over 60% voted in favor! Now we need you to help Seattle control its own destiny on transit."
3. We already lampooned the Republicans' math when they did a press release gotcha on U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA, 1) for the pay gap in her office between men and women. (They left out the highest paid female staffer, the legislative director, who makes $83,000.) And the gotcha rings hollow because the GOP itself continues to block the Paycheck Fairness Act to enforce pay parity between the sexes.
But still, the average pay of men is higher than it is for women in Rep. DelBene's office; no women are being paid less for the same work, though.
What neither the GOP hit—nor the Seattle Times, which went with the gotcha—bothered to do, however, is report what DelBene's Republican challenger, businessman Pedro Celis', position is on the Paycheck Fairness Act.
We have a call in to Celis.