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Chipping In to Give Big! February 1, 2013

Filed under: Chip In,Innovation Hub,Invest — seattleworks @ 5:22 pm

By now you’ve probably heard that Seattle Works is working hard this year to develop new programming that helps you put your money to work in the community. This past August, we planned our first Chip In event as a fun, easy way to get people excited about giving and support projects managed by our HandsOn Leadership teams. It was so much fun, and such a success, that we’re throwing several Chip Ins this year!

On  Wednesday night, we packed over 30 people into the Material Good studio in SoDo for great drinks, great company and a great cause!

Four HandsOn Leadership teams representing Helping Link, Magnuson Nature Programs, Shoreline Community College’s Parent-Child Center and The World is Fun mingled with attendees and gave two-minute pitches to the group.

At the end of the night, we’d raised a total of $1,030! What’d that money fund?

– $190 to Magnuson Nature Programs to provide trainings and resources to teachers at SandPoint Elementary to create self-guided nature tours of Magnuson Park

– $190 to The World is Fun to support a citywide event that will bring world-famous street artists to the city to create murals in Summer 2014

– $300 to Shoreline Community College’s Parent-Child Center to purchase a picnic table for the playground and outdoor classroom

– $350 to Helping Link to update outdated marketing materials used to recruit the skilled volunteers that staff all of the organization’s programs

We’re thrilled our second Chip In was even more successful than the first! If you didn’t get a chance to attend this round, stay tuned for Chip In Summer 2013! Thanks to all who made it to the event–and to our friends at Material Good and Ninkasi Brewing for providing the beautiful space and delicious beer.



Chip In! Recap August 16, 2012

Filed under: Chip In,Innovation Hub,Invest — seattleworks @ 4:03 pm

Last Tuesday night, a group of 40 people joined Seattle Works on a rooftop in Belltown for food, drinks and a stunning view – and to put their money to work in their community.  It was our first Chip In! event, and we raised just under $1,000 in 90 minutes to support the work of some of our star HandsOn Leadership teams!

So how did it work? A $20 entry fee bought attendees 4 $5 chips to donate to one of the three teams pitching projects at the event. Teams from Explorations in Math, Magnuson Nature Programs and Youth in Focus were on hand to share their work and get the crowd excited about their upcoming projects. We kept things fast-paced and fun, with organizations pitching their projects in two minutes or less.      
And succeed they did!

  • Explorations in Math took home $305, which will buy 61 take-home math games for families who attend MathFests across Seattle area this year.
  • Magnuson Nature Programs earned $270, which will provide three field trips for students at Sand Point Elementary to visit and learn about their local ecosystems at Magnuson Park.
  • With $360 in hand, Youth in Focus will provide opening night receptions to celebrate traveling shows of student photography around the city.

Thanks to all of our HandsOn Leadership teams for volunteering to participate in the event as well as Ninkasi Brewing for providing delicious beverages- and all of you who showed up to Chip In!

Stay tuned this fall as Seattle Works develops even more ways for you to invest your money in your communities. Sign up for our Weekly Update to stay in the loop!