Nonprofits fill an important void in society. They pick up where business leaves off, providing goods and services to those who cannot afford to purchase them. By their nature, organizations like ours are often strapped for cash. This makes donations of all types a key portion of our marketing campaign.

While the most common type of charitable contribution is cash (the big blue button above), people can give in all sorts of ways to nonprofits, and can benefit from the accompanying tax deductions as well. From the very beginning, Ink Release has enjoyed enthusiastic support from our friends, neighbors, and local companies in Kitsap County and the surrounding area. They have given generously through donations of time, money, and expertise, in order to ensure that the foundation that we are building upon is stable, yet agile, and they continue to be our best advocates in the field. We strive to recognize our donors' generosity through tireless pursuit of our public-service mission, and through our vigorous commitment to fiscal responsibility, transparency, and good stewardship. We are always mindful that without the kind consideration of our donors' philanthropic efforts, there would be no mission to pursue, nor help to offer.

Below is a listing of some of the other ways you can help our cause. Thank you again to all who have given, and continue to give. You are the lifeblood of our company, and provide the bearing for our compass each and every day.

Kitsap Great Give

The Kitsap Great Give is a 24-hour, online giving event organized by the Kitsap Community Foundation for the benefit of the greater Kitsap area. The Great Give is aimed at promoting donations to local nonprofits. Beginning at the stroke of midnight on the Great Give date, anyone can log on to the event’s website ( and donate to any of over 300 participating organizations.

Each nonprofit has a profile on the site with background information. Donors can give to as many nonprofits as they want, with a $10 minimum donation. The Great Give’s website will have a scoreboard where donors can track the biggest earners. Last year, the Great Give raised $1.6 million for more than 280 local nonprofits. This is our link to this year's event:

Amazon Smile Program

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

To access AmazonSmile, sign in to on your desktop or mobile phone browser. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Select or Change your Charity. Then just select "Ink Release" from the list of supported charities.

Fred Meyer Community Rewards

For anyone living in the Northwest, Fred Meyer stores are a familiar sight and an inviting place to shop for groceries, housewares, electronics, jewelry, gardening supplies, clothing... you name it. Fred Meyer uses a reward card system called "Fred Meyer Rewards", which keeps track of earned purchase reward points, fuel points, special discounts, and automatic coupon savings. Shoppers carry the familiar purple card and scan it at checkout to earn discounts and build point totals.

What shoppers often don't realize is that although you possess the reward card that will get you the discounts, there is no real way to check your current reward totals, rebates, and point counts unless you create a free account for yourself at Just select "Create an Account", and it will walk you through the steps to set it up and link your Rewards Card to it. During this process, they will also give you the opportunity to select a local nonprofit that will receive donations from their $2.6 million annual charitable reserve program called "Fred Meyer Community Rewards". Every time you shop with your Rewards Card, they will kick over a donation to your selected charity, and the best part is: it doesn't cost you a thing! Donations are drawn from Fred Meyer's allocated fund, and distributed quarterly to the charity you've selected. Once you've linked your selected charity to your Rewards Card, you'll begin to see the organization's name printed at the bottom of your receipts, like this, and you'll know that Fred Meyer is sending a donation each time you shop with the card, again at no cost to you.

eBay for Charities

Integrated into eBay's regular buying and selling platform, eBay for Charity makes it easy for people to support important causes, both in the U.S. and U.K. It enables sellers to donate a portion of their sales and buyers to shop while supporting their favorite charities — all the while giving nonprofits an opportunity to engage new supporters.

Launched immediately after 9/11 as "Auction for America", eBay's giving program originally raised over $10 million through online charity auctions for organizations supporting the victims of the tragedy and their families. At the time, New York Governor George Pataki and NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani made a personal appeal to eBay to help local nonprofits handle the flood of donations coming in from across the country. eBay's team got to work building a fundraising program that could unleash the widespread generosity of its broad online community. The company soon partnered with MissionFish, which later became the PayPal Giving Fund. To this day, the organization provides vital services and support that make it easy for members of the eBay community to give to their favorite nonprofit through the eBay for Charity program.

The eBay for Charity program is part of a portfolio of programs, resources, and tools across eBay Inc that are intended to enable and inspire charitable giving at a scale never seen before.

YouTube Subscriptions

YouTube has over a billion users. That’s almost one-third of all people on the Internet. Every day those users watch hundreds of millions of hours of video, racking up billions of views – which are now billions of opportunities to do some good.

YouTube has rolled out a feature that lets creators in the U.S. add prompts for charity donations directly to their videos. Now, when someone views a video that has a donation card enabled, they will be able to contribute money to the creator’s charity of choice, without having to leave YouTube to visit an external site. Donation cards allow creators to raise money for any U.S. IRS-validated, public nonprofit organization, and the nonprofit will receive 100 percent of the donation. The feature has been available to charities on the Google-owned video service for some time, but it’s now open to all creators stateside. It makes it easier for creators to raise awareness for causes they care about without sabotaging the look of their videos using annotations or extensive descriptions.

Viewers who wish to contribute can do so by simply clicking the donation card in the “more info” section below a video. This will then create a pop-up window, where you can adjust the amount you wish to donate.
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