#GivingTuesday is a counter narrative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday because it reminds us that the spirit of the holiday giving season should be about community and not just consumerism
Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) November 26, 2014
The District Alliance for Safe Housing, Inc. (DASH) has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective 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. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world. Taking place December 2, 2014 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are, today, synonymous with holiday shopping.
The District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) staff and supporters are excited to announce two new partnerships for this year's #GivingTuesday campaign. First, DASH received $10,000 in matching grants for #GivingTuesday - doubling the impact of every dollar donated to DASH on December 2nd! Second, DASH is partnering with Bergami's Pizza to create a personalized DASH pizza. For every DASH pizza sold, Bergami's is donating $1 to the DASH #GivingTuesday Campaign. The funds raised on December 2nd will directly support safe housing in the District of Columbia Metro Area for survivors of domestic violence and their families as they work to rebuild their lives on their own terms.
Seeing an opportunity to channel the generous spirit of the holiday season to inspire action around charitable giving, a group of friends and partners, led by the 92nd Street Y (92Y), 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 with 92Y to explore what is working in modern philanthropy and how to expand these innovations throughout the philanthropic sector. The concept gained steam, and with the help of the United Nations Foundation and other founding partners, more than 10,000 organizations have joined the movement and are providing creative ways people can embrace #GivingTuesday and collaborate in their giving efforts to create more meaningful results. “It’s been a privilege to work with remarkable leaders all over the country building a movement around #GivingTuesday,” said Henry Timms, 92Y’s Executive Director. “This initiative has truly been crowdsourced by some of the smartest and most connected minds among the next generation of philanthropists and entrepreneurs.”
Currently, more than 13,000 corporate and nonprofit organizations have committed to participate in the initiative. “#GivingTuesday is a counter narrative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday because it reminds us that the spirit of the holiday giving season should be about community and not just consumerism,” said Kathy Calvin, CEO of the UN Foundation. “The most meaningful gift we can give our children, loved ones, friends and neighbors is the commitment to work together to help build a better world.”
Those who are interested in joining The District Alliance for Safe Housing’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit http://www.razoo.com/story/Givingtuesday4dash.
For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (http://www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow #GivingTuesday (https://twitter.com/GivingTues) and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.
DASH is an innovator in providing access to safe housing and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families as they rebuild their lives on their own terms. We seek to strengthen and expand the local safety net for survivors by providing high quality, voluntary services that are responsive to their individual needs and by engaging lawmakers, community members, service providers, and survivors in the movement to end domestic violence.