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Voices Virtual Fundraiser

Missed your chance for this campaign? You can still donate at any time!

In lieu of our annual in-person event, we shared messages and performances from the Communities Rise family throughout the week. Check out the videos below to hear from members of our Capacity Building cohort and learn more about changes since our merger.

We exceeded our goal of raising $30,000 to meet the current demand for support from nonprofits and microenterprises led by communities of color in our region. Uplifting the people and organizations who are disproportionately impacted by this pandemic is as essential as ever. 

Raised: $35,695

Goal: $30,000

119% raised

On this page, you can find the video messages released throughout the week. Thank you to each of you for joining us in this campaign, whether through giving, sharing, or following along.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

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Day One – Ken Workman

Led by our beloved emcees, Khyree Smith, Program Manager of The Austin Foundation and our own Program Manager, Sarah Baker, we’re kicking off with a beautiful welcome and land acknowledgment from one of our longtime supporters, Ken Workman of the Duwamish Tribe. 

Day Two – Jodi Nishioka & Tachini Pete

Time for day two! In the wake of Covid-19, we’ve expanded our programming to address urgent issues. In 2020 so far, we’ve offered pro bono legal services to over 250 local nonprofits and small businesses. Click on the video below to hear more about the Wayfind and NAC merger from our Executive Director Jodi Nishioka and Board President Tachini Pete.

Day Three – Milvia Pacheco

Watch the video below to hear from Milvia Pacheco from Movimiento Afrolatino Seattle (MAS) about her experience as a returning member of our Capacity Building Cohort. MAS, an Afrolatino-led arts and culture organization, is one of 8 nonprofits participating in our first-ever virtual cohort.

Click below for a bonus video of Milvia performing an incredible poem. 

Day Four – Marcus Green

We’re thrilled to share a video from our planned keynote speaker, Marcus Harrison Green, Executive Editor of the South Seattle Emerald, one of Seattle’s only independent, Black-led media organizations and a member of our 2017 Capacity Building Cohort. At Communities Rise, we can’t imagine a world without organizations like The Emerald and the hundreds of community-led nonprofits and small businesses who have come through our doors.

THANK YOU!

This community is incredible! You’ve made our first virtual fundraising campaign a huge success. While we missed seeing you in person, we are so grateful you showed up for us virtually and we hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and well.