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GiveBIG: Join the region’s biggest day of giving!

May 10, 2017

Double your gift and we’ll double it again!

Our $1.2 Million goal for 2017 is four times what we raise in an average year—but we’re already halfway there. Our goal is ambitious but attainable—and so important in building a sustainable Whidbey Institute.

We’re asking you to consider giving twice your normal donation amount—then, through the generosity of our matching donors, watch it grow 100% again! 

GiveBIG on May 10 and double your gift!

All donations, up to a total of $40,000, will be matched dollar for dollar by generous Seattle Foundation donors. We thank Seattle Foundation donor the Linda Sue Park fund for Gaia and an additional anonymous donor for our GiveBIG 2017 campaign match funds.

Introducing Early Giving through the Seattle Foundation

Early Giving begins Thursday, April 27—gifts scheduled at the link below on or after April 27 will be eligible for matching through the end of GiveBIG day, Wednesday May 10!


Proven demand for increased capacity:

  • Over 80 organizations and program leaders held their work here in 2016.
  • In the same year, over 1,250 people shared “home” in our cabins and houses.
  • 250 camped in our meadows.
  • 1,000 more joined us for single-day community events and gatherings.
  • We had scheduled activities on 90% of days in 2016, pausing only for holidays and land/facilities care.

The context for this year’s GiveBIG goal: Whidbey Institute 2020

In this, our 5th decade, we’re doing more than ever in service to our mission to cultivate place, nurture community, and co-create experiences which grow our human capacity for compassionate, courageous action. We’re raising $1.2 million this year as part of Whidbey Institute 2020—a four-year capacity-building campaign designed to help us better serve people and communities wholeheartedly and effectively meeting the complex challenges of our time.

Whidbey Institute 2020 Components

Together, we’re raising $4.5 million over four years, 2017-2020, in service to place, community, and transformative learning.

What’s included:

Heartland Campus Expansion: Adding facilities to enable more experiences with additional program partners, increasing financial sustainability, creating Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible lodging.

Operational Support: Providing operational support until organizational financial sustainability is achieved through added earned income from Heartland expansion.

Legacy Forest Acquisition: Aggregating and protecting our 100+ acre campus and public-access trail system with a comprehensive conservation easement.

Story House Youth Campus: Adding facilities to better support transformative learning experiences for youth, incubator programs, and local community engagement.

Give a little more and watch it become a LOT!


May 10, 2017
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