Submitted by Bob Wallin Insurance
Back by popular demand, Bob Wallin Insurance is again donating to local non-profits – and letting the entire community nominate and vote for the winner.
This year, there will be three winners: First place will receive a $2,000 donation; second place will receive $1,000, and third place $500.
Here is the who, what, why, where and how:
What is this all about?
Bob Wallin Insurance will be accepting nominations during the month of March for local, 501(c)(3) non-profits who are eligible to win first, second, or third place. For the entire month of March, you can nominate a non-profit as long as it fits these three requirements:
- It’s a local Whatcom County charity
- 501(c)(3) filing with IRS
- Complete an official Bob Wallin Insurance Nomination Form, which will be available on March 1 at www.bwicares.com.
Nominations will be taken during the month of March, with voting taking place in the month of April. The winners will be announced in May.
(Note: A charity cannot win two years in a row. Sorry, Camp Horizon, Bellingham Childcare and Learning Center, and Wild Whatcom!)
Any Whatcom County-based charity that is listed with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) and has had an official nomination form submitted to Bob Wallin Insurance is eligible for the voting campaign.
Why is Bob Wallin Insurance Giving This Money Away?
A better question is: Why not?
Bob Wallin Insurance believes community is more than geography. Community is who we are – and, like a family, we help each other out. We want to engage the community in a worthy cause to focus on the good around us, and in the process help so many of the great causes out there get noticed.
Last year we received over 5,400 votes and got many, many people talking, reading, and emailing about all the different non-profits in our community. It was a great opportunity for everyone.
Where Can I Find More Information, the Nomination Form, and Vote?
Bob Wallin Insurance has a dedicated community website, www.bwicares.com, where we announce, promote, and post the many community events we are involved in. You can also contact Suzanne Taylor – at Suzanne@bobwallin.com or 360-734-5204 – who heads up the community outreach at Bob Wallin Insurance.
How Do I Nominate a Non-Profit?
Starting March 1, go to www.bwicares.com, click on the NON-PROFIT tab, and then complete the official Bob Wallin Insurance Nomination Form. You will get a confirmation once you hit submit. If you do not get a confirmation, contact the system administrator at: email@example.com. This automatically submits the non-profit for voting. As long as they meet all three requirements, they will be posted on the webpage and be eligible to receive votes from community members.
The voting will begin on April 1 – and that’s no joke! Only one vote is allowed per IP address. You can use your tablets, smartphone, wireless or PC to vote. Follow along online as the votes come in and see the results grow, up until one week before the deadline for last vote, which is Wednesday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. After that, the result tracker will be removed, so the winners will truly be a surprise!
The winners will receive their awards in May.