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Big Donation is Made to Seattle Children’s

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It means a lot to give back, especially when it comes to helping children in need.  Recently Jack MacDonald gave the largest gift Seattle Children’s Research Institute has ever received in its 106 years.  He donated $75.04 million through a charitable trust to fund pediatric research.

Not only is it the biggest gift the hospital has received, but it’s also the largest known donation to a U.S. children’s hospital for pediatric research.  Jack wanted to reach out to organizations that meant something to him.  Other groups that received a portion of his $187.6 million trust were the University of Washington School of Law and the Salvation Army.

Every year the organizations will benefit from income earned by the trust.  Children’s will get 40 percent of the annual income.  That means about $3.75 in the first year.  The money will be spent at Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

The hope for all involved is that Seattle Children’s will come up with better ways to treat or even cure childhood diseases all around the world.

According to his friend Lorraine del Prado, “Jack was a very kind man. One thing that was very special about him was the constant smile on his face.  Perhaps it reflected how content he was in his life, with the simplicity of his needs, and how much he enjoyed being a caretaker of his family’s assets that would later be used to bring good to the world by helping those in need.”


New Yorkers Celebrate The Possibilities For Education At the 2013 Pratham Gala

Pratham 2013 Gala in Seattle
Pratham hosted a Gala in Seattle at the Museum of History & Industry
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Earlier this month, nearly 600 of New York City’s leaders in finance, technology, and entertainment gathered at the 2013 Pratham Tristate Gala. It was a night of generous fundraising, a celebration of the world’s children and critical volunteer work, and to learn more about Pratham’s commitment to improving education.

Pratham’s mission is to ensure that every child in India is in school and learning well. The organization was founded ”on the firm belief that education is the fundamental right of every child and no child should be deprived of this basic right simply because they don’t have access to school or resources that would enable them to realize their dreams.” Since 1994, Pratham has raised funds to fund urban learning programs that include improving libraries, establishing preschool education, and remedial classes, among other things. Pratham also seeks to shape school policy in many districts, provide books and tools, and help with computer literacy and English learning. These are a handful of the many ways that Pratham is improving the lives of children in India through education.

Pratham is a past recipient of the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership, as well as the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, among other honors. It is one of the most renowned nonprofit organizations with a focus on providing and improving education for under-served children. During nearly twenty years of commitment to advancing education opportunities in India, Pratham has garnered immense support from all around the world, and is a true leader in creating social change.

During the 2013 Pratham Tristate Gala in New York City, keynote speaker Chelsea Clinton said,

“One of the things we most respect about Pratham is not only its tireless focus on education, but that it very much tries to fill the gap between what the public sector can produce and the aspirations of families in India.”

This very sentiment was proven that evening, as the generosity of Gala attendees helped to raise close to $2 million for ongoing advancement of schools and school programs in India. One guest said that Pratham is “a global celebration of what people do for education.” Indeed, the organization inspires action in those who believe that education really is the most powerful tool to better the lives of underserved children around the world.

For more information about Pratham’s remarkable work, visit

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Paul Allen Rocks Out for Experience Music Project

Seattle Experience Music Museum
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Seattle-based philanthropist Paul Allen has released a rock album of original songs, complete with collaborations from rock legends.  The album, “Everywhere at Once” by Paul Allen and the Underthinkers, was released in early August and will benefit the Experience Music Project, the rock and roll museum that Allen founded.  Collaborations include Seattle rock band Heart, The Eagle’s Joe Walsh and the lead from The Pretenders.  Paul Allen wrote or co-wrote all thirteen tracks and plays lead guitar as well as some vocals.  The sixty year old Microsoft Co-founder continues to prove himself a renaissance man.

Along with the album available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon, the album’s website also features several free songs to listen to.  The music style is described as blues-rock with influences of gospel, R&B and funk.  Paul Allen often cites Jimi Hendrix as a profound influence in his life, and says recording music is part of his homage to the guitar legend.  The Experience Music Project has an entire exhibit devoted to Jimi Hendrix as well.  You can purchase the album for about ten dollars online.  Allen called the experience of putting the album together “fun and rewarding” and said that his team composed over seventy songs in the last two years.

The Experience Music Project is one of the most iconic landmarks in Seattle and is devoted to the history of rock music.  The museum celebrates the radicalism of rock and roll and encourages visitors to question norms and push for innovation.  The attached Sci-Fi museum is a geek’s dream and houses a diverse collection of sci-fi and pop culture memorabilia.  The museum sponsors several workshops, camps and educational events as well as hosts concerts and contests for artists and writers.

To read more about Paul Allen, check out our profile.


Paul Allen Fourth Biggest Giver in America

Paul Allen
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The Chronicle of Philanthropy has reported that Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen was the fourth most charitable giver in 2012.  The list is an impressive roundup of the nation’s wealthiest people, many of whom have famously committed to The Giving Pledge, an initiative started by Warren Buffet and Bill Gates.

Buffet lives up to his words at the top of the list, with donations adding up to over $3 billion.  Paul Allen’s childhood friend Bill Gates was surprisingly absent from the list, due mainly to the Chronicle’s methodology, which has already counted much of Gates’ philanthropy in previous years.  Allen is now the chairman of Vulcan, Inc. which supports business ventures and charitable projects.

To read more about Paul Allen, check out his full profile.

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Play Ball for Homeless Youth


One in 26 Seattle students experienced homelessness during the last school year. As many as 1,000 young people experience homelessness in King County each night. And, thankfully, nearly 80 percent of homeless youth try to stay in school.

On June 15, the United Way All-Star Softball Classic for Homeless Youth was held at Safeco Field.  7,000 people attended the game and the organization earned $20,000 in ticket sales.  Many famous baseball players took part in the game.

The roster included names such as Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez and Dan Wilson. Sonic player Gary Payton, Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate, Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament and other big names joined them.  The event was touted as “the largest-ever gathering in support of homeless young people.”

And, yes, it did raise awareness about homeless youth, but there is still work to be done.  Former Mariner, Dan Wilson and his wife, Annie, have made youth a focus of their work as co-chairs of this year’s United Way of King County campaign.

There are still some pretty scary statistics out there.  Seventy-six percent of unaccompanied minors are approached by a gang member or pimp within 45 minutes of showing up on the street, according to a recent study by Seattle police. Among the kids that age out of the foster system at 18, one in five becomes homeless.

While these numbers are sobering, there was an effort to personalize the issue.  They played interviews on the Jumbotron throughout the game.  These were from kids who were homeless and trying hard to get through their problems.

Megan Gibbard, King County’s homeless youth project manager said, “Every kid needs help growing up. It humanizes that homeless youth are just like you and I were when growing up…To see the kids like that is normalizing and it’s like they’re just little dudes.”

What did the kids have to say?  “It was awesome and fun!”

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Carry 5 Walk for Water Raises $90,000 at Seattle Center

Carry 5 Walk For Water
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On May 5th, over 500 people gathered at the Seattle Center to carry containers full of water to walk 5 kilometers in solidarity with those who have to make similar journeys every day.  Water 1st International of Seattle organized the event to raise money to support clean water and hygiene products in the world’s poorest communities in six different developing countries.  The walk began at the International Fountain and made two laps around the Seattle Center, bringing attention and camaraderie to the fight for social justice.

While Water 1st is continuing fundraising through May 31st, the walk has raised over $90,000 dollars, which is enough to provide 1,200 children with clean water in their homes for a lifetime.  Currently, over 200 million people, mostly women and young girls, have to spend 5 hours a day walking several miles to collect water for drinking, cooking and washing.  The full containers of water weigh about forty pounds.  About 5,000 deaths each day are attributed to causes that could be prevented by having access to sanitation and clean water.  Water 1st International is dedicated to preventing these deaths and lessoning the burden on young girls to collect water so that they have time to attend school and live a full life.

One Seattle teen fundraiser stood out above the crowd. Fourteen year old Giuliana Sercu has raised nearly $10,000 for the Carry 5 event after being inspired by a trip to Ethiopia in 2011.  She says her passion from the cause comes from seeing the problems first hand, and knowing that an amount as little as $75 can change a child’s life.  Another young person, a 6th grader named Elli, raised $7,500 dollars.  Her inspiration was from watching a video Water 1st showed at her school in 2nd grade.  Mobilizing youth to change the world is making a big impact in the communities that need the most help.  Both young ladies said the best way to raise money is send emails, letters and talk to as many people as possible.

Anyone can still donate to the Carry 5 event through Water 1st International’s page.  A donation of $75 dollars can give a child a lifetime of access to clean water.

To view Water 1st International’s entire profile, click here.