Thank You To Our Supporters
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Destination Imagination in Washington relies on donations for a significant portion of the annual budget. Registration Fees do not cover all of the expenses. Donations cover about 40% of the WA-DI budget. With one part-time staff member and over 750 volunteers for tournament operations alone, we keep expenses very low but as we grow - adding 50+ teams a year - so do facility fees and related tournament expenses. We highlight our need for donations three times each year.
2016 Fundraising Dates
February 21 through April 6th
The biggest campaign for fundraising occurs from the week before the first regional tournament until one week after the state tournament. Often supported with a matching gift opportunity, the challenge strives to broaden the support for WA-DI across the state and cover the shortfall between registration fees and recurring annual operating and tournament expenses. WIN/WA-DI is very lean - less than 1/10 of 1 percent is used on fundraising. Almost every dollar goes to the tournaments. WA DI uses hundreds of volunteers at each tournament - the expenses are facilities rental, award medals and trophies, lunch for the volunteers, and printing tournament programs. Gifts for this campaign directly benefit the teams and their tournaments.
GiveBig - May 3rd CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO GiveBIG !
A one-day, statewide giving event sponsored by the Seattle Foundation with a stretch pool offered to increase the amount each organization receives. This one day event designated to raise funds for infrequent expenses such as tournament timers, clipboards, banners where donors will see their gifts in specific ways at the next tournaments.
Giving Tuesday - December 5th
A one-day, nationwide day of giving the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving and WA-DI's last campaign each calendar year for fundraising. This day may be matched with a challenge fund and is a final effort to meet the shortfall common with many non-profit organizations - program fees do not cover all of the expenses and outside donors are needed to preclude having to raise the registration fees to cover those expenses or to further fund purchases of equipment or technologies to enhance the operations or program delivery. These gifts are frequently used for annual technology licenses for various applications such as registration, website, and email service providers that improve communications to the team managers and benefit the tournaments but in a less direct way than awards and school rental fees.
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2015 Designated Gift Funds
General Donations provide the most flexibility for the Board but people have asked for a way to support a specific segment of the DI program in Washington. It is now possible to designate a portion or all of your donation to these Designated Gift Funds:
Team Registration Fund - This fund provides complementary or reduced registration fees for teams from disadvantaged areas or whom would otherwise not be able to participate in Regional or State tournaments. Donors may not designate a specific team or region. Discretion rests with the Board of Directors.
Scholarship Fund - WIN/WA-DI provides scholarships for continuing education to DI team members, team managers, and volunteers. Often given to graduating seniors, the board would like to expand the number and amount of the scholarships and broaden the types of recipients. Determination of scholarship recipient(s) is the responsibility of the Scholarship Committee which reports to the Board of Directors.
Regional Tournament Fund - Some people just love their local tournament and want to provide support so it is the best that it can be. Donations made be designated to a specific region, the state tournament, or any tournament. The funds will be used for awards and trophies, pay for facilities and required custodial staff, programs, posters, and other tournament specific expenses. Should a region have an excess of donations for three plus years, the funds will remain in the fund but be designated for any tournament.
Thank You to Our School and Corporate Supporters, too!
The following companies have supported Washington DI through grants and matching donations for employee donations or volunteer hours: