January 30, 2017
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Homeless advocate Mary's Place raises $4.5M from donors including Starbucks, Microsoft

More than 50 businesses helped raise money for Mary's Place, the region's largest family emergency shelter provider, during the holiday season. The nonprofit raised $4.5 million in a single month as part of its annual "No Child Sleeps Outside" campaign to help homeless families in King County. Its goal for the month was $500,000.

Starbucks, Microsoft, Alaska Airlines, Expedia and many other businesses gave to the campaign. They were joined by thousands of Starbucks customers; the company matched customer donations at 200 stores in King County, up to an additional $1 million.

Business leaders, politicians and others celebrated the donations last week in a Mary's Place building in Seattle that is owned by Amazon, which is allowing the facility to be used as a temporary shelter.

“Because of you, hope and help is on the way,” Marty Hartman, executive director of Mary’s Place, told the crowd. “I look around this room and I am so grateful to see the superheroes in our community coming together to rescue those families that are still left outside, those ones sleeping in cold cars, in freezing doorways, and wet sidewalks. Those are the ones that you have come to rescue.”

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Kudos to Microsoft for bold public-policy goals for Washington state

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

Microsoft is taking its regional public service to a new level with the release of an ambitious legislative agenda for Washington state.

Under its president, Brad Smith, the company has increasingly advocated for education, transportation and economic development.

Recognizing that the entire state has unmet needs, the company is broadening its agenda beyond the Puget Sound area. Best of all, Microsoft is offering to help incubate and partly fund several new programs to get them launched.

The public benefits from such corporate citizens providing thoughtful and supportive engagement on critical policy issues.

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