The inaugural Believe in Bellevue held on Tuesday, August 4 rallied supporters from across the community and generated more than $20,000 for Bellevue nonprofits, including nearly $4000 for the Bellevue Public Schools Foundation. Hosted by the Bellevue Public Schools Foundation, Bellevue Community Foundation and Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Bellevue, Believe in Bellevue proved that the giving-spirit is alive and well in the Bellevue community.
More than 300 donations were gifted among the twenty participating nonprofits totalling $20,410. Many donors gave to multiple organizations. In addition to donations received from individual donations, nonprofits were also eligible for incentive cash prizes funded by event sponsors: Susan Hester for Legislature, Centris Federal Credit Union, State Farm Team Ricchini, High Hopes Foundation, Beardmore Subaru and Smith Kroeger. BPS Foundation received the Highest Total Donations Raised and the Most Individual Donors during the noon to 4 p.m. time slot adding $200 to the total amount of funds raised through Believe in Bellevue.
“We are continually amazed by the people of Bellevue and their generous spirit,” Jon Costello, Bellevue Public Schools Foundation executive director said. “The Believe in Bellevue project brought much needed attention to the great work nonprofits are doing in Bellevue to make our community stronger, safer, more beautiful, cleaner, and so much more. We are honored to play a role in making this event come to life and extremely grateful for the donations we received from supporters.”
Despite funding challenges and uncertainty created by COVID-19, The BPS Foundation continues to work with the BPS District to identify meaningful ways to provide support to students and educators. Donations received through the Believe in Bellevue campaign will help fund student scholarships, alumni events and COVID-19 related special projects.
Thank you to everyone who supported and donated to Believe in Bellevue. Nonprofits are an important part of the community and funding is essential to continue important efforts.