Wednesday, December 29, 2010

TisBest Expands its Support of Local Charities!

After months of hard work, TisBest is pleased to announce a large expansion of our Local Charity program!  We added four new cities to our Local Charities Tab: Portland-Vancouver, Phoenix, Chicago, and Los Angeles.  And we added five new charities that are located in two cities we already cover: Seattle-Tacoma and Minneapolis-St. Paul.  We hope to move into New York, Dallas-Ft Worth, and other metro areas very soon.

Each of the local organizations listed on TisBest is impressive in its own way.   Click on the links below to learn about the work each charity is doing in its community - it is heartwarming and fascinating. We feel fortunate that we're able to support those doing vital work in their communities, whether they're rescuing animals, bringing food to the hungry, teaching job skills, empowering kids, or creating amazing art.

If you don't see your favorite local charity on the list, send a note to and we'll check out your suggestions. 
Four new Cities have been added to the TisBest Local Charities Tab!

Portland & Vancouver
Children's Book Bank
Columbia Springs
Lifeworks Northwest
Oregon Ballet Theatre
Parks Foundation of Clark County
Project Access NOW
The Pixie Project
Transition Projects

A Stepping Stone Foundation
Arizona’s Children Association
Be A Leader Foundation
Ear Candy
P.O.P.S.I.C.L.E. Center
Peer Solutions
Phoenix Youth at Risk
Valley Youth Theatre


Los Angeles

Five New Charities added in Seattle-Tacoma and Minneapolis-St.Paul!
Emergency Food Network
Seattle Humane - The Humane Society for Seattle/King County
Sno-King Youth Club
Rainier Scholars

Minneapolis-St. Paul
Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA)
Happy New Year, and thanks for helping give a better world!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Other Centered

Seattle is a town of restaurants and Canlis is a restaurant fabled among them - expensive, exquisite, an unmatched view, a wine list longer than any other and servers in kimonos.  Certainly not the usual fare for those of us in the nonprofit trenches.  And so we were thrilled when Canlis invited us to join them for a party yesterday evening, to celebrate their 60th anniversary as a restaurant.  We arrived to find a festive crowd of 200 people, all like us - dedicated members of the Seattle nonprofit/social enterprise arena. 

We learned that Canlis is run by close family (all of the Canlis name and all of them present last night) and that they decided to honor all of us with this party.  They explained that they initially wanted to hold a charity event to celebrate the restaurant’s 60th anniversary, but realized that such an event becomes an “ask.”  Instead they wanted to do a “give.” "It's our birthday party, but we'd like to give the present and not receive it," said Mark Canlis.  They identified that what they had to give was food and hospitality, and so give they did.  The food poured from the kitchen all night long, the wine was outstanding and three wonderful musical ensembles kept the music flowing.

Not only was the evening a great time, I think a lot of us felt really great to be honored in this way.  Yes, people tell us all the time that the work we do is valuable, and thank us for our dedication.  But not many people “put the food where their mouth is."  What Canlis did was very Other Centered--that is their term, actually.  Other Centered is one of the three Canlis family/company values.  And they demonstrated it last night in spades.  And so from Jon and Erik at TisBest, and all 200 other invitees, to the Canlis Family - thank you for a wonderful evening.   Seattle is fortunate to have such institutions as your restaurant, your family and your collective heart.