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Tickets on Sale Today for “Wintersong” – Gigs4Good 14 Featuring Ivan & Alyosha

The long-awaited next Gigs4Good show is finally here and Team Up is ready to bring you a night of unforgettable music. Join us Wednesday, November 28th at The Crocodile. Bundle up because this show is themed “Wintersong” and it has a chillingly awesome lineup:

Tickets for this Gigs4Good go on sale today at The Crocodile http://bit.ly/G4G14t | 21+ and $15 cover. 

Similar to the structure of the last Gigs4Good, the super successful Songs of Summer, “Wintersong” will feature a medley of winter-themed music from a long list of Seattle artists. Performances will snowball from individual acts to combined sets, featuring familiar songs with new twists to give you a show that is unlike any other. All of these fantastic local artists are joining forces to help raise proceeds for Team Up for Nonprofits so that we may continue generating awareness, resources, and funds for the wonderland of Seattle-area nonprofits in 2013. With this being our first Gigs4Good at the historic Crocodile in downtown Seattle, we get the shivers thinking about how cool it is for such an iconic venue to graciously host our annual year-end benefit concert. The large space will allow for us to sell more tickets and provide Team Up with the funds needed to support our upcoming nonprofit endeavors. Save the date, share it with friends and family, put on your ugliest holiday sweater, and let’s all come together for nonprofits! Connect for a Cause: #Gigs4Good | @TeamUp4NonProf | @TheCrocodile | @IvanandAlyosha

Let us put on a Gigs4Good concert for YOU! Apply to be a 2013 Team Up nonprofit partner.

Calling all Seattle nonprofits!

Are you looking for more ways to attract and engage with young professionals in the community, online and off? Always wanted to host a cool benefit concert, but not sure you have the capacity, staff, or knowledge to put one together? Do you have a Facebook and Twitter account, but would like help in learning how to better utilize it?

You’re in luck. In case you missed it, applications are OPEN to become one of our 2013 Gigs4Good beneficiaries!

What does that mean? Well, by submitting an (quick) application – telling us about who you are, what you do, and whom you serve – you may become one of our nonprofit partners in 2013. If selected, Team Up for Nonprofits will work directly with your organization to produce a show exclusively for YOU with top music talent and you keep the proceeds*.

We also want to help you connect with the crowd and young professionals in their 20’s and 30’s, beyond your Gigs4Good show. So, as a nonprofit partner, we will be supporting you through our social media channels and provide dedicated training to answer your questions and help you navigate and leverage sites like Twitter and Facebook.

Over the past 2 years, Team Up has produced 12 shows at venues like the Triple Door, Tractor Tavern, and Hard Rock Café, and raised $35,000 for Washington State nonprofits such as Climate Solutions, PAWS, Rainier Valley Food Bank, and Seattle Works, and helped them build more awareness and a larger support system.

We only host 4-5 shows a year, but don’t let that discourage you from applying! There is a lot that goes into the selection process and we try to get different types and sizes of orgs from various causes.

IMPORTANT: We’re excited to share that this year we are working on more ways to support the nonprofit community, beyond our Gigs4Good shows. By just applying, you become eligible to join our own network of local nonprofits and get exclusive access to social media/nonprofit resources and are the FIRST group we go to if we are able to host additional, smaller events and trainings next year.

Application deadline has been extended to midnight, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5.

Apply (HERE) and please share with other great nonprofits you know!


*$5 of ticket price goes to support Team Up expenses.


Team Up’s Amanda Wong Makes 2012 Forty Under Forty by Puget Sound Business Journal

This summer our very own Amanda Wong, long-time volunteer and Board member, was honored with the 2012 Forty Under Forty by the Puget Sound Business Journal.  In its fourteenth year and with over 520 past nominees, the PSBJ has combed through more than 400 nominations this year; in search of individuals who carry accomplishments within their community and career.  Amanda was honored under her title as President of Onza Solutions Inc., where she can be found when she is not teaming up for nonprofits.

Amanda Wong TeamWe are proud to have such a stellar player like Amanda as a part of our team. She has worked closely with Team Up’s Founder, Ryan Hodgson on our Gigs4Good program, bringing her hard-work to several previous events. We wanted you all to get to know Amanda, too — so, we caught up with her for a fun interview!

<TU> why do you team up?

<AW> from day one, i have been a fan of the cause & vision.  team up is also a great way to get involved with many local non profits and hear/learn about local bands.

<TU> what is your favorite part of working with the team?

<AW>  our team is one of kind.  everyone is super dedicated, happy, and fun to be around!

<TU> which G4G event was your favorite/most memorable?

<AW> i think the first G4G (Victor Shade & Friends) was probably most memorable for me.  not becuase it was the biggest, best or even the most organized; but because it was all of our hard work coming together and a vision coming to life.  it was pretty darn cool to see our logo’d gobo shining bright that night.

<TU> how do you make time for volunteering/donating/giving as a young professional?

<AW>  it’s a tricky balance and something i have struggled with quite a bit. but at the end of the day, if it’s important enough, you’ll find time.

<TU> who do you look to for inspiration/mentor?

<AW> oh, the list is pretty long…i feel really blessed to have wonderful people in my life, helping gently guide me through life.  one of my long time mentors is a woman by the name of Cheryl Chow (Ms chow, Auntie Cheryl, Coach Cheryl, etc..). she is an inspiration to all asian american women for sure! Whether it was through her day job with the Seattle Public School district or volunteering her countess hours to the local drill team and basketball league (SCAA), she’s always about bettering our youth for tomorrow. for more check out: http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos/video.asp?ID=3120738

<TU> fun things you love to do in your freetime?

<AW>  i’m a TV junkie!  i will pretty much watch anything (i get sucked in very easily)!

<TU> what is one thing you do that is, “so Seattle”? coffee obsession, plaid shirt collection, tech infatuations, microbrews you adore, food trucks you follow….?

<AW>  i love food, that’s for sure.  I live on capitol hill so i’m lucky to have a TON of great food within walking distance.  a few favs….Lil’ Woody’s, Olivar, and Hong Kong Bistro.

<TU> what band are you currently loving?

<AW> i’m currently listening to Fly Moon Royalty & Frank Ocean.



#TweetMob: Join Team Up’s #Gigs4Good in Support of Seattle Works

Do you think you can make a difference with a Tweet? We do!

We at Team Up would like to invite you to join us at our virtual #TweetMob Tuesday,
April 10th between 6pm and 6:30pm. If you haven’t heard of our #TweetMob before, think
of it as a Flash Mob where we all get to take over Twitter for half an hour!

Together, we post about everyone involved with the #Gigs4Good for Seattle Works happening Thursday, 4/12 at the Hard Rock Café Seattle featuring Ivan & Alyosha. We hope to spread awareness about Seattle Works and the #Gigs4Good event through the power of social media.

With your help, we can make a fundraising impact by increasing ticket sales and donating more funds to Seattle Works Day, May 19th.

All you have to do to participate, is post Tweets with ingredients such as the link to the ticket page, the #Gigs4Good and #TweetMob hashtags or just copy/paste the content provided below. Every Tweet, reTweet or Facebook share, will bring good to our community – YOU do make a difference, so join our mob, connect for a cause and share a Tweet!

Tags to Use:




Ticket Page:


Connect for a Cause








Or share on Facebook by visiting: http://www.facebook.com/TeamUpForNonprofits

BIG THANK YOU!! Give our major sponsors Red Diamond Wines, Pod4Print, and Seattle Weekly some love and gratitude; we really appreciate their contributions to the event!

Tweets to share about #Gigs4Good:

Some love for #Gigs4Good sponsors Red Diamond Wines, Pod4Print, @SeattleWeekly
Really appreciate their contributions to the event! #tweetmob

Spread the Word: #Gigs4Good tix on sale NOW: http://bit.ly/G4GSW w/ @SeattleWorks
@ivanandalyosha @KevinLongMusic @YuniInTaxco #tweetmob

Not many tix left for @TeamUp4NonProf #Gigs4Good for @SeattleWorks 4/12 – Get
yours now! http://bit.ly/G4GSW #music #tweetmob

Don’t miss @TeamUp4NonProf #Gigs4Good 4/12 w/ @IvanAndAlyosha
@KevinLongMusic @YuniInTaxco @HardRockSeattle http://bit.ly/G4GSW #tweetmob

Seattle #Music: 4/12 #Gigs4Good: Doors at 7pm, Get tix to support @SeattleWorks:
http://bit.ly/G4GSW #tweetmob

The headliner for @TeamUp4NonProf #Gigs4Good 4/12 for @SeattleWorks is
@IvanAndAlyosha Listen: http://bit.ly/ziHQYQ #tweetmob

Seattle band @YuniInTaxco will rock the mic @HardRockSeattle for @SeattleWorks
#Gigs4Good 4/12: http://bit.ly/G4GSW #tweetmob

The opener for @TeamUp4NonProf #Gigs4Good 4/12 for @SeattleWorks is
@KevinLongMusic Listen: bit.ly/GWL0Hp #tweetmob

Seattle bands hit the @HardRockSeattle stage 4/12 for #Gigs4Good! Get tix: http://bit.ly/

Date Night: Grab 2 tickets to see @IvanAndAlyosha and support #nonprofit
@SeattleWorks! #Gigs4Good: http://bit.ly/G4GSW #tweetmob

Huge thank you to pod4print! They have generously donated #Gigs4Good event posters
since 2010! http://bit.ly/GEfuj2 #tweetmob

Listen: NPR Tiny Desk Concert w/ #Gigs4Good band @IvanAndAlyosha: http://bit.ly/
GEZjC7 #tweetmob

Listen: Slow Charade by #Gigs4Good 4/12 band @YuniInTaxco: http://bit.ly/GACOw8

Watch: Down on the Corner, Brandi Carlile w/ #Gigs4Good 4/12 band
@IvanAndAlyosha: http://bit.ly/GH0sIz #tweetmob

Watch: @IvanAndAlyosha! Hit PLAY: http://bit.ly/ziHQYQ For tix to see them LIVE at
#Gigs4Good http://bit.ly/G4GSW #tweetmob

Kevin Long – 27yr old singer/songwriter from Spokane, WA: http://bit.ly/GAorNK See him
live at #Gigs4Good: http://bit.ly/G4GSW #tweetmob

Tweets to share about @SeattleWorks:

Nonprofit @SeattleWorks connects volunteers to nonprofits w/ Hot Projects and Bridge
Program! #Gigs4Good http://bit.ly/G4GSW #tweetmob

You can make a difference in ONE DAY with @SeattleWorks Hot Projects! Support
#Gigs4Good http://bit.ly/G4GSW #tweetmob

1,300 people every year join a team and dig in at service projects all over the city while
supporting @SeattleWorks #SWDay #tweetmob

May 19th join @SeattleWorks to complete over 4,000 hours of service in one single day!
Donate: http://bit.ly/G4GSW #Gigs4Good #tweetmob

Give four different ways with @SeattleWorks: Volunteer, Lead, Influence, Invest –
Support them at #Gigs4Good http://bit.ly/G4GSW #tweetmob

Rebecca from @TeamUp4NonProf shares her experience w/ The Bridge Program
@SeattleWorks: http://wp.me/pB9dO-Do #Gigs4Good #tweetmob

#SWDay Countdown Begins: http://bit.ly/Hgbsuf Are you joining @SeattleWorks
#Gigs4Good: http://bit.ly/G4GSW #tweetmob

Volunteer opportunities coming up that you join http://ht.ly/9ZdfF Or, support
@SeattleWorks #Gigs4Good: http://bit.ly/G4GSW #tweetmob

3 Reasons to Support @SeattleWorks #Gigs4Good: 4/12 http://bit.ly/

In their last Annual Campaign @SeattleWorks raised $13,585!! Support their efforts at
#Gigs4Good: http://bit.ly/G4GSW #tweetmob

Image credits:  cincodenada06 via flickr

The Good Reasons Why I Stepped Down as President of Team Up

NOTE:  This post is authored by Ryan Hodgson and originally appeared on Ryan’s personal blog.

Over the past two and a half years almost every day I’ve gone to bed and woken up  thinking about Team Up for Nonprofits, the 501(c) organization I founded. As you might guess it takes a lot of time and energy to launch and grow a nonprofit organization, energy a founder gladly gives for his or her (metaphorical) baby. But every founder also knows that at some point the organization they created will grow beyond their capacity to manage all of its aspects.

For Team Up for Nonprofits that time is now and I believe the ingredients for a successful transition are all present; a great Board of Directors that includes a wonderful leadership team, a successful platform of achievement to continue to grow from, a loyal network of supporters of the cause, and strong external relationships with people important to the growth of the organization. Given those key factors, last night I resigned as President of Team Up to focus on my duties as Founder of the organization. This decision will strengthen Team Up, allowing me a sustained involvement with the organization and the ability to better manage my time and energy between it and my real priority in life, my family. As Founder I’ll still sit on the Board of Director’s, I’ll be more relationship-focussed and represent the organization at events and speaking engagements. I will no longer be responsible for the daily goings on of the BoD’s or the Gigs4Good program.

The reality is Team Up has grown beyond the point where all roads can successfully run through one person. By dividing the roles I’ve been juggling and by adding an additional person to the leadership team the organization will be strengthened. Make no mistake that it’s hard for every founder to give up “control” and it’s been no different for me, but I also want what’s best for Team Up and of course my family.  It’s actually become a pretty easy decision the more I’ve analyzed it.   For those on “the outside” it’s important for me to point out again (as I’ve done at events when speaking) that Team Up was never a one man band, we have an extremely impressive group of very talented and motivated young professionals who I’m looking forward to working alongside as we move forward.

So what comes next? Team Up will be posting the President’s position on our blog in the coming days and for those who are interested in joining our team we will be asking for nominations.  In the meantime I hope you’ll all support our Gigs4Good benefit on April 12th at the Hard Rock Cafe Seattle benefitting our friends at Seattle Works. Tickets are selling fast and given our last event sold out I’d recommend grabbing your tickets now by clicking here so that you don’t miss out.

I’d like to thank everyone who has volunteered in some capacity through my tenure as President, I’m proud of what we have done together and can’t wait to be a part of Team Up’s continued growth as Founder. . .

Lastly, to my wonderful wife, thank you for your patience, love and support… I love you!

Some of the 2012 Team Up Board




Team Up Music Monday – The Lumineers

If you were lucky enough to catch The Lumineer‘s sold out show in Seattle this past weekend…I’m jealous. For the rest of us that had to live vicariously through the slew of “amazing show, wouldn’t miss it for the world” Facebook status updates, here’s the best we can do. I really dig this band. Please come back to Seattle soon.

3 Reasons to Join Team Up at Hard Rock Cafe on April 12!

NOTE: This post was originally posted by Crystal Southgate on SeattleIMO.

There is a reason why you are reading this right now. You need to hear three reasons why you are going to buy a ticket to support the next Team Up For NonProfits event:  Gigs4Good #11.

You should buy a ticket to the 4/12 Gigs4Good featuring Ivan and Alyosha …

#1: Because you don’t have to be rich to be PHILANTHROPIC

The biggest misconception with philanthropy is that it is for really old, really rich people. This is not true. There is a new generation of giving that has evolved and it includes YOU. With the enormous transformation of social media, we have been able to build world-wide communities that can support and build nonprofits across the globe. There is no stopping the amount of giving. It is not about donating a large, undisclosed amount of money – it is about becoming an advocate. Yes, you can donate to your local charity when you are in line at the grocers or perhaps spend a five on Girl Scout sweets and be considered philanthropic.

If you picked ONE nonprofit, let’s say at 21 years of age, and donated $5 a month until you were 40 years of age, you will have given OVER $1,140 to this cause.


If you picked ONE nonprofit, let’s say at 21 years of age, and donated 5 HOURS a month until you were 40 years of age, you will have given OVER 1,140 hours to this cause.

It is not about large checks, as you can see. It is about being a part of something, being involved in a community that gives beyond itself. You can give beyond your own means on a Top Ramon budget, if you consider this way of living.

To start, “Like” a local nonprofit on Facebook, reTweet them on Twitter or show up at an event here or there to volunteer. Realizing that YOU do make a difference, and that your one click spans the globe, can bring our generation to a point where giving is not an option, it’s not just a habit, it’s a lifestyle. So find things you want to improve about your community, join their cause and in the next 20 years, you will have made an impact that is invaluable.

Team Up For Nonprofits Gigs4Good featuring Ivan Alyosha

#2: Because you like supporting SEATTLE Works

Your ticket purchase to this particular event supports a local nonprofit called Seattle Works.  The organization connects volunteers, develops emerging leaders and inspires dialogue. Funds raised through this Gigs4Good benefit will support ‘Seattle Works Day’, an event that engages over a thousand volunteers in one day to dig in at parks, schools and community spaces all over the city. Groups of coworkers, friends, professional groups, social organizations and the like, join together for an amazing day of teambuilding and community impact.

This year on May 19th, they plan on having up to 1,300 people participate for Seattle Works Day. In 2011, they had 1,154 individuals engaged in community service all in ONE day – which is over 4,000 hours of combined service!

#3: Because buying and listening to local MUSIC is a good thing

At this edition of Gigs4Good you will hear THREE local, up and coming Seattle bands sing their hearts out at the Hard Rock Cafe downtown. The night will begin with 27 year old Kevin Long from Spokane, WA who has been playing guitar since early grade school and sings it like he means it.  After sweet tunes by Kevin, Yuni In Taxco will jam out as they have for KEXP, Bumbershoot or the Capitol Hill Block Party – keeping it real with surf pop rock. For the final act, the Indie Folk band Ivan and Alyosha will take the stage. As previous openers for Brandi Carlile and a recent hit on NPR, the band is headed for a bright future in music.

All these local bands have spent hours sharing their passion on stage and have chosen to use their talents in support of Seattle Works and Team Up For Nonprofits, to give you a night of good music for a good cause.  Visit Brown Paper Tickets if you would like to attend the event. I will be there giving away free hugs and tweeting #Gigs4Good all night long!

Team Up For Nonprofits Gigs4Good Featuring Ivan Alyosha


Follow the event using #Gigs4Good on Twitter

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Team Up For Nonprofits on Facebook

Seattle Works on Facebook







Team Up Music Monday – The Lonely Forest

Time to kickstart your Monday with a couple tunes from Anacortes, WA indie darlings, The Lonely Forest.

Happy Monday!

Team Up Partner Highlight: pod4print

Team Up for Nonprofits wouldn’t be able to bring you the awesome music and important causes without the support of our partners. For three years, we’ve been working with pod4print, a full-service printing company in Beaverton, to help us with posters and marketing.

“We jumped at the chance,” said Josh Dannenman, account executive at pod4print. Josh heard about Team Up for Nonprofits and Gigs4Good through a friend. “We heard they were doing this cool thing and were in need of some assistance.”

Beyond printing and supporting nonprofits, pod4print provides business solutions such as manufacturing, warehousing, and full mailing services. Their online ordering template puts the customer in control of their own product, so there are no surprises and no gimmicks. Just straight up, high-quality products. Check out their website, pod4print.com, for more information.

“Ryan Hodgson is a great guy and a blast to work with,” says Josh. “It is our pleasure to do what we can to support a great cause.”

Thank you for all the great posters gang!

A member of the pod4print team in action.

(Video) – Team Up For Nonprofits Featured on the Red Carpet

Take a look at our fearless leader, Ryan Hodgson, in this recent “Spotlight on Seattle” Red Carpet Interview by Tenacious Ventures at Barrier Mercedes Bellevue benefiting the YMCA of Greater Seattle. Keep spreading the word!


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