Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.
Created by a team of influencers in New York City who joined forces, collaborating across sectors, offering expertise and working tirelessly, to launch #GivingTuesday and have continued to shape, grow and strengthen the movement.
#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.
According to Whole Whale in 2015 about 700,000 donors in the US donated with an average gift of $137 , which was a 145% growth over 2014.
Locally The Yellow Springs Community Foundation is supporting efforts by offering up to $10,000 in matching funds for #YSGivingTuesday to the following organizations:
The 365 Project
The Antioch School
Antioch Writers’ Workshop
Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions
Chamber Music Yellow Springs
John Bryan Community Pottery
Little Art Theatre
NAMI of Clark, Greene and Madison Counties
Tecumseh Land Trust
Yellow Springs Arts Council
Yellow Springs Home, Inc.
YS Kids Playhouse
Yellow Springs Schools
Yellow Springs Senior Center
In order for your donation to help organizations become eligible for matching funds, you must give online and you must donate on #GivingTuesday, November 29th. Visit www.ysgivingtuesday.com to make your gift!
The Dayton Foundation launched it’s #SpreadtheGood Campaign on November 21, asking nonprofit’s to solicit their supporters to vote for their nonprofit’s photo, by clicking the heart image in the right-hand corner. The three organizations with the most votes on their photos by #GivingTuesday will receive this year’s #SpreadtheGood Grants (first place – a one-time $2,000 grant; second place – a one-time $1,000 grant; or third place – a one-time $500 grant). Voting will end at noon on November 29, #GivingTuesday. You may vote up to ten times per day, allowing you to support multiple organization or divide your votes among many.