You’re invited to BrightSpark’s 2023 Annual Event! Previously named “Seeds of Change,” this year’s annual fundraising event will be held in Renton, Washington, the soon-to-be-home of our new headquarters. This event is our largest fundraiser of the year, bringing in unrestricted funds to support our mission of nurturing and sustaining child-centered, antiracist early learning communities.
This in-person event is FREE to attend and open to ALL AGES! No matter how you are connected to BrightSpark or the larger early learning community, we are excited for you to join us.
What to expect at our event
Our event is more than just a fundraiser – it is a chance to get to know BrightSpark as we celebrate the community strengths that make our work possible! Guests will enjoy…
How to Register
While the event is free to attend, space is limited, so guests must register in advance to secure their spot and ensure any dietary preferences and personal accommodations are met. Registering is easy and takes less than 5 minutes – click the button below to get started!
Donate early to help us grow our Spark Fund! The Spark Fund is a pool of funds donated before the event that ignites enthusiam amongst day-of attendees and serves as a foundation to our fundraising efforts. By donating early, you can ensure the event is successful and inspire others to support our work as well, all while contributing to our cause of creating a brighter future for ALL children.
Donations raised before and during our Annual Event will help us grow our pool of unrestricted funds – these funds are essentials to our financial structure as they allow BrightSpark to use these dollars at our own discretion. This flexibility ensures that we can cover the costs of programs and initiatives that are not otherwise funded through public or private grants, state or federal funds and other entities with restrictions and requirements tied to their dollars. BrightSpark offers programs like our Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) program, our advocacy and coalition-building efforts, mental health support initiatives, and so much more that are reliant on unrestricted funding in order to operate. Unrestricted gifts support longevity, effectiveness, and even staff retention within nonprofits. Please consider giving early to help us reach our fundraising goal!
Interested in Sponsoring our event?
Put simply, our sponsors make this event possible. We are thrilled to work alongside some incredible businesses in our community. On behalf of the team here at BrightSpark, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the generous sponsors we have partnered with so far. The opportunity to collaborate with these businesses is absolutely invaluable, and words can not express enough how appreciative we are of their ongoing support and devotion to our mission.
In line with our commitment to community-centric fundraising, sponsors are not required to give any specific amount – all donations are appreciated. As community partners, all sponsors are given the same recognition and promotion, regardless of giving level.
View our Sponsorship Packet or learn more about the benefits of being a sponsor below!
As we promote our event, sponsors can expect:
On the day of the event, sponsors will recieve:
Why does BrightSpark follow a Community Centric Fundraising model?
Community Centric Fundraising (CCF) is an approach to fundraising developed in the Seattle area by community leaders of color, with the purpose of re-shaping fundraising and the non-profit field into one that is based in community and rooted in social justice. This means that organizations who follow this model are committed to prioritizing the needs of the community over their own initiatives; addressing racism in prejudice within traditional fundraising and outreach efforts; and valuing every contribution (whether it is a financial donation, in-kind donation, or time spent volunteering, etc) equitably.