CAA Seattle Philanthropy

Join a CAA Seattle Philanthropic Initiative

Enrich community while connecting with fellow CAA Seattle Alum



"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop

Philanthropic activities are a great way to get involved in the community while making new friends and contacts among the Columbia Alumni Association of Seattle (CAA Seattle) network. On this page, you'll find current lists of high-impact, local non-profit organizations that rely on volunteers and/or donors to sustain their work.

If you're stretched for time but want to support CAA Seattle Philanthropy, consider gifting a tax-deductible donation directly to any of the organizations listed below. We would appreciate your willingness to mention that you discovered the charitable giving opportunity through CAA Seattle Philanthropy.

To Non-Profit Organizations: please e-mail verification of 501(c)(3) status, as well as a link to your website and contact information to Toyin Adeyemi (SoA, 2015), Philanthropy Chair of the Columbia Alumni Association Board of Seattle. Following an initial screening process, we'll be in touch within six weeks. 

Opportunities posted on this site are also shared on CAA Seattle social media pages. 

Email: Toyin Adeyemi (SoA, '15), [email protected]

Volunteer Events:

Mary's Place

In 2018, Mary's Place housed 179,900 homeless families and served nutritious meals to 359,800 more. CAA volunteers host monthly parties for homeless children who are celebrating a birthday at a Mary's Place shelter. Led by an event coordinator, CAA volunteers purchase party favors and activities, plan birthday activities, and help maintain a happy party atmosphere.

Available spaces: 12 for each event

Fall 2019 Volunteer Schedule:

Shifts are flexible, though we ask that you volunteer for at least one hour.

Examples of items to bring:

  • fruit snacks and crackers, party favors, party games, balloons, etc.

RSVP for Burien

RSVP for White Center

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

The NEW Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture opens October 12, 2019! A team of CAA alumni are invited to welcome guests when they arrive, assist with line management, photo booth operation, and more.

Available spaces: unlimited

Fall 2019 Volunteer Schedule:

  • October 12 for the Grand Opening


  • 9am - 1pm and 1pm - 5pm

Please complete an application form and sign-up for one of two training dates

  • Saturday, September 28 : 10 am - 12 pm
  • Thursday, October 3 : 4:30 - 6:30 pm

If you're unable to attend training, the museum will send you an information packet one week before your scheduled volunteer date.

RSVP for Burke Museum

Halloween Charity Race: Benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Join your fellow CAA Seattle alumni for a spooky-fun Halloween race to benefit a worthy cause. Alum and their friends/family are invited to meet Daniel Milano (SIPA, '99) for an informal warm-up activity at 9am. If you prefer to dive straight into the race, the official event begins at 10am. Includes prizes and a free kids' dash.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 27
Time: starts at 9am/10am
Location: Seward Park, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S, Seattle, WA 98118
Race options: 4k, 5k, 10k
Race Registration must be completed here on the Run Scared! website.



Toyin Adeyemi, Philanthropy Chair, Board of Directors, Columbia Alumni Association of Seattle

E-mail: [email protected]

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