Get to know four participants in 2014 Annual Giving Drive

Whether your passion is protecting animals, improving literacy, preventing hunger, helping seniors or young people, or supporting the arts, there are more than 950 participating nonprofit organizations that you can choose to contribute to in the 2014 Annual Giving Drive, which kicked off September 24.

If you make a pledge to any of the more than 950 nonprofit organizations by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, you will be entered into a random drawing for two lift tickets to Stevens Pass. If you have already made a pledge, you will be automatically entered into the drawing. Click here to make a pledge.

Meet four of this year’s participating nonprofits (see full list of participating nonprofits here):

Landesa (9556) works to secure land rights for the world’s poorest people – those 2.47 billion chiefly rural people who live on less than two dollars a day.  Landesa partners with developing country governments to design and implement laws, policies, and programs concerning land that provide opportunity, further economic growth, and promote social justice.

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (4047) is the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure. The organization raises money for direct private funding of research—and advocates for more aggressive federal research funding of medical breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer.

Kindred Souls Foundation (9359) provides sanctuary to abandoned, abused, and neglected cats and dogs of all ages, a holistic approach to their care, and education on the rewards and responsibilities of animal companionship. Through specially designed programs, community involvement, and networking with other organizations, Kindred Souls strives to ensure all animals it comes into contact with are given the opportunity to be loved and well cared for.

For 40 years, YouthCare (9317) has been a leader in providing effective services to Seattle’s homeless youth. YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training. Since 1974, YouthCare has grown to become a community-based agency with six sites serving the greater Seattle area. YouthCare partners with Metro Transit on the Safe Place program for young people.

Find out more about all of the 950 nonprofit organizations participating in this year’s Annual Giving Drive.