November 27, 2017 - by Ellen Piekalkiewicz
Local nonprofits are participating in a global day of giving that encourages individuals, communities and organizations to support philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 28.
In the Big Bend Region, a coalition of over 300 nonprofit organizations has joined forces to promote volunteerism and philanthropy locally. The campaign, #BigBendGivesBack, springs from #GivingTuesday, to harness the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity.
#GivingTuesday is starting to be seen as a kick off to the whole “giving season,” when people who are looking for last-minute tax deductions by Dec. 31 ramp up their charitable donations. Local nonprofits report that about 30 percent of their total annual donations are received in December.
Millions of people raised $177 million online during last year's Giving Tuesday, the fifth edition of the event. Much more was given in volunteer hours, donations of food and clothing, and acts of kindness.
Not only does it feel great to give, but by volunteering or donating to a local charity on Nov. 28, you can literally help make this community a better place.
The Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact created the idea of #GivingTuesday and specifically chose it to follow Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two of the biggest shopping days of the year to could create a day to focus on giving.
The Tallahassee Democrat is sponsoring a community-wide #Unselfie contest to create social media buzz about #BigBendGivesBack. An #Unselfie is a selfless image that focuses on a charity or cause, not the individual. To enter the contest, people should take a photo holding a sign featuring #UnselfieBigBend and the name of a local nonprofit.
Posting the photo on Instagram and Tallahassee.com and generating the most votes for the image will help the nonprofit win a $500 grant from the Community Foundation of North Florida and a direct mail package from Target Print and Mail; and will be featured in the Tallahassee Democrat. #UNselfies must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m. Nov. 27. Plese visit the contest page for more information on how to participate: www.tallahassee.com/unselfie
The #BigBendGivesBack organizing committee includes representatives from the Big Bend Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Community Foundation of North Florida, the Council on Culture and Arts, the Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence, United Partners for Human Services and the United Way of the Big Bend.
Visit www.BigBendGivesBack.org to see the entire list of registered 501(c) 3 nonprofits participating in the coalition and learn about the various ways you can give back on #GivingTuesday on Nov. 28. On Facebook, visit BigBendGivesBack and on Twitter, follow @GivingTues. On the #BigBendGivesBack website links to all 300 nonprofit organizations are listed serving as a one-stop shop for anyone who would like to donate to one of these organizations.
The website is up and running and links are live so donations can be made anytime! You don’t have to wait until Nov. 28.