Getting creative with fundraising

Like many nonprofits, in-person fundraising events are a significant portion of our annual goal. Events allow us to gather in community with one another and celebrate the remarkable successes of the families we support.

Unfortunately, we have been unable to hold any in-person events due to COVID-19. And, as we move into the new year, we are looking for creative ideas and partnerships to support our fundraising!

We are grateful for our devoted volunteers and supporters who spread their passion for our program everywhere they go. These folks have helped keep the momentum going throughout the year.

• Goodwin’s volunteer wreath fundraiser brought out our cheerful wreath sellers who engage with friends and family to support Goodwin. Last year, volunteers raised more than $11,000 during their 2020 “socially-distanced” sale. Wreath seller extraordinaire Debbie Geddes’ motto is, “It doesn’t hurt to ask!” This is why she, Lynn Murphy, Sandle Dahl, Lisa Marx, Terry Dessert, Carolyn Baker, and Wanda Urquhart sold the most wreaths ever this year.

Kristin Affolter connected us with her car enthusiast group, the Northwest Alfa Romeo Club, a few years ago and Goodwin has been the beneficiary of their annual fundraiser for three years!

• Getting Goodwin involved in workplace giving is another way to create excitement about our mission. Many employers will match employees’ donations—which is doubly amazing. Thank you to the employees of Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance, Microsoft, Softchoice, King County, City of Seattle, Parker, Smith & Feek, Darigold, Nordstrom, and the University of Washington for supporting our families through this tough year.

As vaccination efforts gain ground, we hope to schedule hybrid events (virtual with an in-person aspect) towards the end of 2021. If you have ideas for potential volunteer fundraisers, ways to get your workplace involved, or other events where Goodwin Connections could be the nonprofit partner and beneficiary, please connect with Meg Alley, our Development Manager at to help make them happen.

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