Seattle Magazine recently launched their Community Involvement Program (CIP) in Ballard and Queen Anne. The program aims to support local charitable organizations by donating some of the proceeds from magazine sales.
In our neighborhood, Seattle Magazine will donate $3 from each $4.99 copy sold at participating retailers to Ballard Boys and Girls Club. When customers purchase a copy of the magazine, decorated with a special sticker (Queen Anne example pictured), $3 from the purchase will go directly to Ballard Boys and Girls Club. The remainder of the funds are used to cover expenses needed to stock local stores with the magazine.
The program kicked off in January this year, with editors specifically targeting well known and respected charities in each neighborhood. “CIP was launched because Seattle magazine wanted to find a way to give back to the local neighborhoods who have helped make it a leading regional publication for the past 46 years,” said Newsstand Manager Mike Jones.
Jones refereed to the struggles faced by local non-profits because of the down-turned economy as one of the main factors in the creation of the CIP. “We saw CIP as a conduit to bring neighbors and local businesses together to create a sustainable revenue source for non-profits while building stronger communities,” said Jones. Jones also revealed that CIP is a “non-traditional distribution channel which is important for our future success.”
According to Jones, CIP’s long term goal is to reach out to all Seattle neighborhoods. “Our end of the year goal is to have 10 neighborhoods participating in the program with 20 business partners in each neighborhood,” said Jones.
There are 13 participating retailers to be found in Ballard including Kitchen N Things (2322 NW Market St), Sweet Mickey’s (2230 NW 57th St), Hot Cakes (5427 Ballard Ave NW), Cupcake Royale (2052 NW Market St), Camelion Design (5330 Ballard Ave NW) and Aster Coffee Lounge (5615 24th Ave NW).
To find out more about the CIP check out the Seattle Mag website here. If you are interested in your business participating in the program contact Mike Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos and images courtesy of Seattle Magazine.