Edmonds Center for the Arts was fourth overall on list of top donation recipients during last week’s “GiveBIG” campaign sponsored by the Seattle Foundation. Donors gave $164,321 to the ECA through the campaign. The ECA also received a $2,500 Challenge Grant from Arista Wine Cellars 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 Seattle Foundation’s “GiveBIG” campaign generated $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. The other organizations in the top five for highest total gifts were Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest ($220,120), The Seattle Public Library Foundation ($194,012), Northwest Harvest/EMM ($176,324) 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 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; hosts year-round sporting activities in its gymnasium, and also offers classroom spaces for meetings and events.
“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,” said ECA Director of Advancement Jamie Herlich. “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.”