Spiritandword.org Launches “Pass the Plate and Pass it Forward” Holiday Campaign, Requesting Nominations for Valley Nonprofits to Share $50,000

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Five Arizona-based nonprofits will be selected to receive $10,000 each; nomination opened December 1st and recipients will be selected and announced Wednesday, Dec. 14

A Non-Denominational Spiritual Resource

“We felt an urgency to launch this effort when we learned that so many great organizations are trying to help folks in need during the holidays and the bad economy has seriously impacted the funds they have to operate."

Spiritandword.org, an online non-denominational spiritual resource, has its first-ever “Pass the Plate and Pass it Forward” community challenge, with $50,000 in proceeds to be divided amongst five Arizona-based nonprofit finalists nominated online through Spiritandword.org and to be announced Wednesday, Dec. 14.

The campaign – designed to fast-track end-of-year donations for Valley nonprofits and to foster a philanthropic spirit – offers local residents an opportunity to actively participate by nominating a worthwhile local charity working to bring joy to people in need this season.

“We felt an urgency to launch this effort when we learned that so many great organizations are trying to help folks in need during the holidays and the bad economy has seriously impacted the funds they have to operate,” says Charlie Van Dyke, chief executive officer of Spiritandword.org. “So, we wanted to do something quickly to help.”

Spiritandword.org’s promise to give back and serve as a catalyst and the concept of community giving is part of the legacy left behind by Bill Austin, a Phoenix radio personality made famous as co-host of the legendary Beth and Bill Morning Show and known for his generous support of many charitable causes. Spiritandword.org was founded with proceeds from The Bill Austin Charitable Trust. By year’s end, with just over six months since its first charitable donation of $15,000, Spiritandword.org will contribute $65,000 to Arizona nonprofits. In the coming year, the nonprofit plans to support communities across the country.

"Bill is no longer with us, but his legacy lives on,” says Beth McDonald. “His hard work during his lifetime has now been transformed to good work that keeps his memory alive. I know that he must be pleased to be able to extend a helping hand to those who so desperately need it right now."

Pass the Plate and Pass it Forward Campaign: How To Nominate a Charity
To nominate a worthy local organization, visit http://www.spiritandword.org and go to the “Contact Us” tab on the main page. Simply complete the “contact us” tab and use the space provided to share how your favorite charity is helping support our spiritual community during the holiday season. Also include the charity’s website address or a direct link to the site. A committee of “Santa’s Helpers” will review the suggestions and determine five charities to receive $10,000, which will be awarded live on KEZ 99.9’s Beth and Friends morning show December 14 and also posted to the Spiritandword.org website.

Site visitors are also encouraged to contribute their support by making a tax-deductible online donation through Spiritandword.org. All proceeds collected online between now and December 13 will be divided evenly to the five nonprofit finalists.

About Spirit & Word
Founded in 2010, Spiritandword.org is a free, online resource designed to help people of all faiths and spiritual backgrounds connect with their own spirituality through thoughtful discussion, engaging content and meaningful interaction conducted in the framework of a virtual community. Spritiandword.org supports individuals with an active faith tradition through written and visual presentations that communicate the unique stories and perspectives of a wide range of spiritual and religious creeds. At the same time, Spiritandword.org also serves as a stepping stone for those on the path of self discovery and spirituality. More than 20 contributing writers, representing a full spectrum of spiritual diversity, along with an active community of no-cost members come together at Spiritandword.org to create a richer, deeper spiritual connection. Founded in 2010 with proceeds from The Bill Austin Charitable Trust, Spiritandword.org is a nonprofit, non-denominational resource that aims to encourage people to “be good, do good” through an exploration and connection with higher spirituality; at the same time, the nonprofit resource encourages philanthropy amongst its members, collecting and redistributing 100% of donations to nonprofits in Arizona and beyond. For more information, visit Spiritandword.org.

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