The seventh annual Kitsap Great Give, held in April this year, brought in a record-breaking amount of donations despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The event, presented by the Kitsap Community Foundation and the United Way of Kitsap, officially took place on April 21, though people were free to give as early as April 1.
A total of $2.2 million from over 12,000 donations, including $500,000 in early giving, was raised for the 334 participating nonprofits.
“I’m always awed by our community during the Great Give, but I’m especially gobsmacked this year,” said Kol Medina, President and CEO of Kitsap Community Foundation. “During this time of crisis in our community, people responded. All of us are feeling uncertainty and probably some fear for the future. But this Great Give is a beacon of hope and joy.”
Fittingly, Fishline Food Bank and Helpline House were among the nonprofits that raised the most money, $77,000 and $71,000 respectively. Kitsap Humane Society was the top fundraiser, getting $119,000 in donations.
Kitsap Community Foundation also raised over $18,000 for their “Unity in the Community” COVID-19 Response Fund.