Seattle Restaurant Gift Card Donation Request

SEATTLE RESTAURANT GIFT CARD FUND

REQUEST SEATTLE RESTAURANT DONATION FOR AUCTION OR RAFFLE

Did you raise your hand to help find gift card donations for an upcoming  raffle or auction in the neighborhood?  Good for you!  It takes five minutes to complete a donation request here.  We would love to make your day and support your community building.

HOW IT WORKS:

  1. Local restaurants, bars, cafes and retailers deposit gift cards here.
  2. The gift cards are pooled and matched with local community-building organizations for their raffles and auctions.
  3. Everything that comes into the pool goes out to support community-building and participation. There is never a cost to recipient organizations.
  4. Priority is given to requests from nearby groups, clubs, schools, volunteer initiatives and events.  We also consider the probability of gift cards being redeemed and the expected fundraising impact.

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Community Feedback (pdf)
Community Organizer Feedback (pdf)

WHO BENEFITS?

This initiative has helped to raise tens of thousands of additional dollars for local community-building organizations.  Here is a partial list of groups who have received gift cards for their raffles and auctions:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q - Can I request a gift card donation from a specific establishment?
A - Yes.

Q - Will I receive the specific gift cards I request?
A - Yes, subject to availability in the fund.

Q - How much are gifts from the pool worth?
A - Gifts from the fund 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.

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 fund to recognize or honor an exceptional student, team, class, volunteer, donor, writer, artist, senior, leader or group?
A - Yes.

Q - Can I request gifts from the fund to thank guest speakers who address our nonprofit group?
A - Yes.

Q - We are not organized as a registered Washington nonprofit.  Can we still receive a gift from the pool?
A - Yes.

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.

Q - Will you share/publish my contact information?
A - We will not publish your name, email, address or any other personally identifiable information.  If you give permission, then we may forward your request to local business owners and managers, asking them to support you with a donation.

 

SEATTLE RESTAURANT GIFT CARD POOL DONATION STATUS

Thank you for your interest in this community gift card pool.  As far as we know, it's the first and only one of its kind in Seattle or the United States.  To date, this gift card pool has helped to raise an additional $35,000 for community-building organizations nearby.  We are presently considering donation requests only from organizations invited to participate.  We are working to open up the gift card pool again for all requests in July 2018.

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