Volunteer Kalamazoo is part of the inaugural #GivingTuesday, a nationwide movement that harnesses the power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday has already inspired over 1,400 organizations and people in all 50U.S.states and around the world to take collaborative action. Each aims to improve their local communities and give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world. Scheduled for November 27, 2012 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – and the Day after the famed “Black Friday and “Cyber Monday” shopping days, #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create an opening day for giving.

Volunteer Kalamazoo joined the #GivingTuesday campaign in hopes to get the word out to Kalamazoo about giving this holiday season – both in time and gifts to the organization. “We are fortunate to live in a unique community where volunteerism is highly valued and supporting the local community is of the utmost importance,” said Jennifer Nemecek, President of the Board of Directors of Volunteer Kalamazoo. “We buy local and with #GivingTuesday campaign we are hoping to encourage others to give local.” Volunteer Kalamazoo will be getting into the spirit of giving by sharing ideas for random acts of kindness throughout the day on Tuesday through their social media outlets.

At Volunteer Kalamazoo, we love the work that we do. You can make a donation to support the programs and services of Volunteer Kalamazoo by clicking the link below, visiting our donation page, calling our offices at 269.382.8350, or sending a donation to our offices at 709-A S. Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, 49007.

#GivingTuesday:  The Background:  Seeing an opportunity to channel the generous spirit of the holiday season to inspire action around charitable giving, a group of friends, partners and philanthropy experts, led by the 92nd Street Y, came together to find ways to promote and celebrate the great American tradition of giving. Thought leaders in philanthropy, social media and grassroots organizing joined to explore what is working in modern philanthropy and how to expand these innovations throughout the philanthropic sector. The concept gained steam, and by bringing together a group of founding partners—including the United Nations Foundation, DonorsChoose.org, Mashable, Blackbaud, charity: water, GlobalGiving, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Kiva, Darden Restaurant Group, Groupon, Unilever, the Case Foundation, United Way and VentureThree Capital—a nationwide series of discussions helped inform the #GivingTuesday approach and built the movement. New organizations have rapidly joined the movement, offering creative ways people could embrace #GivingTuesday and collaborate in giving efforts to create more meaningful results.

A team of influencers have been advising #GivingTuesday organizers to discuss the innovative ways that people are approaching giving during challenging economic times, along with how Americans can give smarter and use new media to encourage positive change in their communities.

Currently, more than 1,400 corporate and nonprofit organizations have committed to participate in the initiative. #GivingTuesday is endorsed by Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, DorothyA.JohnsonCenteron Philanthropy, Giving Institute, Giving USA Foundation and InterAction. Charity Navigator and GuideStar are serving as Charity Advisors. VolunteerMatch is a volunteer advisor to #GivingTuesday.    

For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow #GivingTuesday (https://twitter.com/GivingTues) and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.



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