What started as an experiment in social media outreach and online crowdfunding has transformed into a movement that spread internationally. In 2012, the 92nd Street Y in New York City began #GivingTuesday. Wildly successful, #GivingTuesday has become a global day of giving, fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated annually the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the movement focuses on giving back to one’s community, and is the kick-off for the giving season. Over 47,000 organizations in 72 states are involved in the movement, and those numbers are growing. This year, #GivingTuesday is on November 29th, 2016.
Although the day is promoted largely online, #GivingTuesday recognizes that not all people can give monetary donations. It serves as a platform to elevate awareness and bring people together to solve local issues. There are many opportunities to volunteer, and the movement encourages any kind of giving, whether it be through online crowdfunding, or by giving one’s time to an organization in their community.
Kansas City’s education community has decided to join forces and create #GivingKCEducation. We want to rally the Kansas City community around the importance of education for everyone. EduHub KC has created an event page on Facebook where local educational organizations will be posting about their #GivingTuesday needs, as well as providing links to their website where community members can donate or volunteer their time.
#GivingKCEducation needs support from the community, whether it be volunteering as a tutor, donating money to your favorite EduOrganization, or help spreading the word about Education and the #GivingTuesday movement! There are so many way to get involved, and if you’re unsure of how, just ask!
At Turn the Page KC we are working to get all Kansas City students reading at or above grade level by the time they reach the end of third grade. This #GivingTuesday, Turn the Page KC will be busy! Check out all the ways you can get involved:
- Barnes & Noble Book Drive – Turn the Page KC will be the beneficiary of the Barnes & Noble branch on the Plaza’s Holiday Book Drive. This event has already started and will continue throughout the holiday season. On November 29th, we will have volunteers in the store, where shoppers can purchase and donate books to be distributed to local schools by Turn the Page KC and learn about our mission and all the other work we do.
- Missouri Mavericks Game – Turn the Page KC will be the Community Organization of the Night on November 30. You can support Turn the Page KC purchasing a ticket to the game or volunteering to sell pucks for the Chuck-A-Puck game. Contact Libby Otto for more info. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Our Home, Kansas City – Turn the Page KC will be raising funds to support programs and solutions that move the needle toward 3rd grade grade reading proficiency (including the Early Learning Hub – opening January 2017). Our goal is to raise $6,000 this Giving Tuesday, and through online donations, sales from our book, Our Home, Kansas City, and Missouri Mavericks tickets, we know Kansas City can help us get there!