2016-02-18

Alumni Giving Challenge  ​

The City Year Seattle/King County Alumni Board is thrilled to announce a challenge grant of $5,000 made possible by an anonymous alumni donor. In other words, between now and June, alumni have the opportunity to turn $5,000 into $10,000! This challenge grant is meant to inspire alumni giving and tap into the idealism and goal-orientation of the alumni community. 

Donate today and be a part of achieving this significant, yet achievable goal.

Between now and June 30, there are three opportunities for making your gift of support: 

  1. Make your gift today.
  2. Attend Ripples of Hope on May 5th and raise your paddle alongside fellow alumni in support of City Year Seattle! (Special alumni ticket price of $75)
  3. Make your gift during GiveBIG on May 3rd; you can schedule your gift now

We look forward to celebrating this achievement as our alumni community reaches new heights.

To learn more or get involved, contact Development Manager, Sean Morrin, at smorrin@cityyear.org or (206) 219.5006. 


Learn more about the two City Year Seattle Alumni Board Members that are leading the charge on this challenge: Owen Kajfasz and Megan Meyer.

  • Owen Kajfasz served with City Year Seattle/King County from 2013-2015.
  • Megan Meyer served with City Year New Hampshire from 2002-2004.


Owen with his co-Team Leader, Ashleigh Stuckey, at Denny International Middle School and donning wigs to motivate their team around goal setting. 


Megan serving in New Hampshire at Somersworth Middle School. 

Why do you think that City Year alumni should donate to City Year?
Owen: I think that donating to City Year is a clear way for alumni to continue living a life dedicated to educational equity, while multiplying their impact within the schools and communities they served. These donations help secure a student’s future, so that they, too, can one day proudly join their own alumni community.

Megan: I donate to City Year because I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to serve as an AmeriCorps member with this organization. It was an opportunity that only existed because of individuals who believed in and invested in Michael Brown and Alan Khaezi's bold vision of harnessing the idealism of young people for social good. 

What is one of the biggest lessons that you've come to realize upon reflection on your City Year experience?
Owen: During my time at City Year, I learned that progress is possible. I learned that each of us have the ability to move the needle in the right direction for students. 

Megan: I think there are two big things that I understand much better now than I did when I was in City Year: 

  1. I was allowed to do so much more than if I had taken a traditional entry-level job in any sector.
  2. No organization is perfect. 

What excites you about the alumni community in Seattle? 
Owen: I am excited about the commitment I have seen among the Seattle alumni community to continue serving a cause greater than self regardless of their current uniform. I will always be moved by alumni stories and continually inspired by how alumni continue impacting their communities.

Megan: We have awesome alumni in Seattle, including people who served here and people who have moved here after serving in a different city. It has been great to see more and more alumni turn out for events in the time that I have been on the Alumni Board. I think the potential to strengthen and further engage local alumni is limitless. I am excited to see how the alumni community engages with the site ten years from now.  

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