(Photo courtesy of #GivingTuesday)
Campaigns strengthen civic pride and build momentum in lead-up to the fourth annual #GivingTuesday on December 1, 2015
Communities from Maine to Oregon and South Carolina to Michigan are rallying government, business, nonprofit and community groups to work together towards creating change in their towns, regions and states as part of the fourth annual #GivingTuesday on December 1.
“The civic campaigns we have seen around the country exemplify the best of #GivingTuesday,” said Henry Timms, executive director of 92Y and co-founder of the movement. “We are inspired by the creativity and dedication of people in so many regions – from Boothbay, Maine, to Baltimore, Maryland – who are using new ideas and technologies to bring people together, address challenges and help those in need. In the end, this kind of collaboration provides not only a formidable financial boost to local organizations doing good in their own communities, but a renewed sense of civic pride among those who contribute in whatever way they can.”
#GivingTuesday, created by 92nd Street Y (92Y) and celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is a movement that aims to bring together individuals, communities and organizations in the spirit of giving; 30,000 partners around the world participated in #GivingTuesday 2014.
In 2014, from Alaska to Delaware, more than 40 civic groups ran #GivingTuesday campaigns. This year, the number of participating civic organizations is expected to rise; an interactive map provides a guide to campaigns around the country and is updated continuously as additional regions, cities and towns finalize their plans for 2015. A selection of civic campaigns for #GivingTuesday 2015 – with goals ranging from $150,000 to $6 million – are listed below.
Oregon: Over 400 nonprofits throughout Oregon have joined the state-wide campaign, #OregoniansGive, which is being supported by a growing group of funders who call Oregon home: Albina Community Bank, Bank of America, Impact Flow, Meyer Memorial Trust, Oregon Community Foundation, Pacific Continental Bank, The Ford Family Foundation and The Standard. Their hope is simple: Raise $3.9 million on #GivingTuesday—just $1 from every Oregonian.