This December 6 and 7, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center offers an alternative holiday shopping experience: Giving Marketplace, a free, two-day pop-up event meant to connect people with organizations making a difference internationally and locally. Holiday shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase unique gifts that support Indigenous artisans, women’s and girls’ empowerment, people experiencing homelessness, clean water, global health, and more—all while enjoying live performances from the Pete Martin Mandolin Trio on Friday and the nationally recognized Garfield High School Jazz Band on Saturday.
More than 30 artists and organizations will participate on both Friday and Saturday, including:
BaMatooke Made, founded and operated in Uganda, sells biodegradable, hand-crafted stationery and accessories to support scholarships, entrepreneurial training, and family counseling for teens and their families.
Chief Seattle Club provides a sacred space to nurture, affirm, and renew the spirit of urban-dwelling Native people. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of artwork, jewelry, and hand-printed t-shirts goes directly to providing services to Seattle’s Native community.
Collective of Geniuses seeks out queer and trans artists who are people of color, who are Indigenous, who have a disability, or who have experienced drug use or sex work. CoG artists create zines, cards, prints, t-shirts, and more.
Kidz Positive is an income generation project that provides means for mothers and caregivers of children affected by HIV/AIDS to make a living. Each week, individuals employed by Kidz Positive take home the raw materials they need to produce beautiful beaded jewelry, lanyards, and greeting cards.
Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery is a multi-use space that hosts art exhibitions, an artisan gift shop, and a community space for communities engaged in resistance and survival in the face of colonialism, marginalization, and trauma. The gallery’s shop sells art prints, stickers, air fresheners, and t-shirts.
Path with Art transforms the lives of people recovering from homelessness, addiction, and other trauma in Seattle by harnessing the power of creative engagement as a bridge to community and a path to stability. Participants create works of theatre, music, visual art, and more.
Water from Wine is a nonprofit organization that operates a vineyard and winery in Washington state and donates revenue to organizations working to ensure that communities around the world have consistent access to clean water.
Zuri produces colorful African wax print clothing, handmade at a workshop in Nairobi that not only facilitates job alternatives to poaching and prostitution, but also operates women’s empowerment programs for the broader community.
Free and open to all, Giving Marketplace is not only a one-stop shop where you can find meaningful gifts for everyone on your list. It is also an opportunity to build our local and global community by spending time with friends and family, providing real support to a variety of causes, and engaging with people and organizations working toward a more equitable and sustainable world.
Experience Giving Marketplace for yourself on December 6 & 7, 10 am–5 pm at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discover Center (440 Fifth Ave N). Admission is free. For more information and a full list of vendors, visit discovergates.org/givingmarketplace.