Blind Motherhood has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring TODAY, November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. #GivingTuesday helps kick off the holiday giving season by inspiring people to improve their local communities, giving back to the charities and causes they support. And who is Blind Motherhood supporting? Guiding Eyes for the Blind, of course!
The History of Giving Tuesday:
Created by the team at the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y—a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back—#GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. A team of influencers and founding partners joined forces, collaborating across sectors, offering expertise and working tirelessly, to launch #GivingTuesday and have continued to shape, grow and strengthen the movement.
In 2016, the fifth year of #GivingTuesday, millions of people in 98 countries came together to give back and support the causes they believe in. Over $177 million was raised online to benefit a tremendously broad range of organizations, and much more was given in volunteer hours, donations of food and clothing, and acts of kindness. “We have been incredibly inspired by the generosity in time, efforts and ideas that have brought our concept for a worldwide movement into reality,” said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday and executive director of 92Y. “As we embark on our sixth year of #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged by the early response from partners eager to continue making an impact in this global conversation.”
Giving to Guiding Eyes For the Blind:
After I lost my eyesight, life felt very uncertain. However, there was one thing I knew for sure – I wanted to work with a guide dog. “Mostly Wonderful” and I had trained dogs for years including service animals for the physically disabled, bloodhounds for man trailing, and even schutzhundd dogs. Ironically, before I ended up in the ivy league, I was actually a graduate of the American Academy of Pet Grooming, in New York City! You never know where life will take you.
I waited 4 years for Frances, mainly because I kept getting pregnant! When Guiding Eyes for the Blind finally matched me with my dog, I was grateful for their ability to provide me with an in-home training option. I never had to leave my girls and my husband didn’t have to lose any time or pay from work. Frances, her equipment, and her vet care were completely FREE! The organization also covered my meals and the cost of outings as I learned how to work Frances during our two-week training together. I’ll admit, the training was hard, but not having to worry about money, lifted a big burden off my shoulders.
That’s why #GivingTuesday is so important. This initiative provides a platform to bring together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness. Together, we can help organizations like Guiding Eyes for the Blind, by setting up our own social media campaign of Facebook.
Here’s How It Works:
- Ask your followers to create a fundraiser on Facebook (they can create the fundraiser prior to #GivingTuesday) in which they share why they give to your organization and invite their friends and family to contribute.
- Have your followers share and ask for donations on #GivingTuesday.
- Starting on #GivingTuesday, every donation to a Facebook fundraiser will be matched up to $1,000 until the $500,000 Gates Foundation matching gift is reached.
- AND, Facebook will waive transaction fees for donations to EVERY Facebook fundraiser on #GivingTuesday up to $500,000.
Are you participating in #GivingTuesday? Tell me what organizations you’re supporting in the comments below!