Request Seattle Restaurant Gift Card Donation

This program is designed to support raffles and auctions of local schools, clubs, nonprofits and community building organizations who bring people together to make good things happen in Ballard and Seattle.  Special thanks for the trust extended to us by Ballard Food & Beverage businesses who share a strong commitment to giving back.


  1. Eat Ballard collects gift cards for this program from popular businesses who care about the neighborhood.
  2. The gift cards and gift certificates are pooled together and matched with local community organizations for their fundraising, primarily raffles and auctions.
  3. Everything that comes into the pool goes out to support the community.  There is never a cost to recipient groups.
  4. Priority is given to requests from Ballard groups, clubs, schools, volunteer initiatives, events and traditions.
  • Q - Can I request a gift card donation from a specific Ballard establishment?
  • A - Yes.
  • Q - Will I receive the specific gift cards I request?
  • A - Yes, subject to availability in the pool.
  • Q - How much are gifts from the pool worth?
  • A - Gifts from the pool range in face value between $25 and $100.  A suitably matched gift card for the occasion can raise two, three or more times its face value in a raffle or auction.  Click here to read about our current record (three $25 gift cards raised nearly $400).
  • Q - Do the gift cards have any special restrictions or strings attached?
  • A - No.  These are the gift cards and certificates sold at donating establishments.
  • Q - Can I request a gift card from the pool to recognize or honor an exceptional student, team, class, volunteer, donor, writer, artist, senior, leader or group in Ballard?
  • A - Yes.
  • Q - Can I request gifts from the pool to thank guest speakers who address our group in Ballard?  
  • A - Yes.
  • Q - We are not organized as a registered Washington nonprofit.  Can we still receive a gift from the pool?
  • A - Yes.
  • Q - What are your criteria for fulfilling donation requests?
  • A - This gift card pool is for community building organizations, schools and nonprofits doing exceptional work in Ballard and nearby Seattle.  We favor opportunities where 1. the amount raised is expected to be more than the face value of the gift card, and 2. there is a high likelihood the gift card will be redeemed.
  • Q - Will you consider any request?
  • A - Yes.
  • Q - How long will it take to process my request?
  • A - If we can help, then you will receive a gift before your deadline.
  • Q - How will I know if my request was approved?
  • A - You will receive a gift before your deadline.
  • Q - When should I submit my request?
  • A - Submit your request once your fundraising effort has started and your event has been scheduled.  Please post your event on our community calendar.  If your event is not posted, then it may affect our ability to fulfill your request.

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