award, reading, conversation

September 22, 2022

Every two years, The Seattle Foundation at the University of Washington awards the Maxine Cushing Gray Endowed Libraries Visiting Writers Fellowship to “an established prose writer, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist or critic, who is a writer of sustained achievement and whose intent is serious and talent noteworthy with roots in the Pacific Northwest.” The award is named in honor of Maxine Cushing Gray, who was a prominent Northwest critic and editor.

Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest was named the 2022 Maxine Cushing Grey Distinguished Writers Fellow, and on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at 6:00pm, she will present an online reading to be followed by a conversation with UW Tacoma professor Danica Miller, with an opportunity for audience questions afterward.

Mark your calendar and Register to participate in this free event.

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Thanks to Peter Messinger for the heads up!

Give BIG

May 5, 2020

GiveBIG is a giving-day campaign that was started in 2011 by the Seattle Foundation. Initially focused on King County nonprofits (and called “a ‘flash mob’ of charitable local giving” by Crosscut), GiveBIG has caught on, with similar programs supporting nonprofits statewide and across the nation.

Your inbox is probably full of pleas for donations. Recognizing this year’s extraordinary needs, the GiveBIG campaign started with early giving on April 15, 2020, and culminates with a 48-hour public campaign on May 5 (#GivingTuesday) and May 6. Donations are tax-deductible and some nonprofits receive matching funds, so donations are effectively doubled.

Many local nonprofits are registered with GiveBIG Washington; others, including nonprofits in other states, have GiveBIG information on their websites.

There is no minimum donation.

(One of the challenges of donating at this time is deciding where a limited gift will have the most impact. Charity Navigator rates many organizations registered as 501(c)(3) public charities, with an emphasis on financial health, accountability, and transparency. Your favorite local nonprofit may not be listed, but if you are donating to an established charity, it is useful to know how much of your donation is going to direct services and how much to fundraising, administrative costs, and the CEO’s salary.)

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