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Keeping Giving Tuesday alive all year – #GivingTuesday

by · December 31, 2013

All year we’ve working to keep Giving Tuesday generosity alive each week. We’ve been featuring nonprofits and sharing tips.

In this final post of 2013, I asked a few people for their tips on keeping generosity alive in 2014. These are real people with really practical ideas.

Here are my two favorite.

Easy ways to keep Giving Tuesday generosity alive in 2014

    1. Explore payroll deduction

      Jay Headshot“If your employer has a program setup, make charitable contributions through payroll deductions. The advantages of this are:

      • It is much easier than having to write a check or enter your credit card online
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One Today – #GivingTuesday

by · December 17, 2013

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A couple weeks ago, we celebrated the second #GivingTuesday.

Donations doubled this year compared to last, and many nonprofits around the world saw a typically quiet Tuesday become a fundraising day!

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Every Tuesday is #GivingTuesday at Social Media Explorer

by · December 10, 2013

So #GivingTuesday was last week. The big push to encourage us all to focus on making the world a better place was for whatever reason focused on Dec. 3. But at Social Media Explorer, we have made it a point to celebrate wonderful non-profits and causes every Tuesday.

We don’t need an organized day on the calendar to give.

Nichole Kelly started SME off on the giving path last Christmas. Since then, C.C. Chapman and Marc Pitman, two of the most incredibly kind and passionate people you’ll meet, have given us profiles of dozens of organizations and causes to support. If you’d like to review, we’ve got a whole category of #GivingTuesday posts here.

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TODAY Is #GivingTuesday

by · December 3, 2013

Anyone else sick of the endless stream of news stories about Black Friday and Cyber Monday? I know I am.

Yet, I have not seen a single news story about Giving Tuesday which is today!

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Be a part of a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity.

Instead of only focusing in on how you can spend money on yourself and gifts for others, this day was created so you could take some of your energy and dollars and put them towards worthy causes.

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Project Espwa – #GivingTuesday

by · November 26, 2013

A while back when I asked my online community what nonprofits I should feature in these #GivingTuesday posts, Mark Fitzgerald recommended Project Espwa. What an interesting outreach.

The Haitian Kreyol word for “hope” is “espwa.” And that’s exactly what Project Espwa does for the children in the community of Leogane, Haiti. One of the reasons I’m impressed by Project Espwa is their staying power. Their initial projects were in 2010 in direct response to the earthquake, “doza janvie.” Most groups would’ve stopped there, trusting some other entity to fill the long-term needs. But not Project Espwa. They kept going back.

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Be Smarter With Your Holiday Giving This Year

by · November 19, 2013

One of the main reasons I take part in writing these posts is because I want to shine a light on organizations that are doing amazing things, but also to encourage more people to actively take part in giving to non-profits.

Time and time again you’ll hear me stress that giving is more than just writing a check and I want you to keep that in mind as we head into the holidays this year.

We all know that this is the biggest fund raising time for most organizations, so you are going to be seeing tweets, letters and commercials all asking for your donations.

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VisionQuest 20/20 – #GivingTuesday

by · November 12, 2013

When I asked my online community what nonprofits I should feature in these #GivingTuesday posts, Allison Rapping recommended VisionQuest 20/20. And I can see why!

(See what I did there?)

Started 10 years ago, VisionQuest 20/20 is best known for it’s making eye exams available for all school age children in the USA. I personally know the need. My wife and I had no idea our first child had vision problems until we took him for an eye exam when he was 6 or 7. It turns out that he needed strong glasses!

Making sure kids can see

VisionQuest 20/20 for Social Media Explorer's #GivingTuesday

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National Center for Families Learning – #GivingTuesday

by · November 5, 2013

As a parent and education advocate, I believe the family is vital for a child’s educational success. That’s why I became involved with the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL).

They see families as a critical part of every child’s education. Even better, they help families become hotspots for learning. From the classroom to the dinner table, NCFL’s programs help parents and children move from where they are to where they want to be. I love this approach because I know that while my kid’s schools play an important part, what we do at home to continue their learning is equally important.

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Be A Part Of Something Special Today

by · November 1, 2013

The picture here is me and my son, Grant, watching Game 6 of the World Series this week. We were pulling for Boston but weren’t just couch potato-ing like many probably were Wednesday night. We were practicing scoring a baseball game.

Being a good baseball scorekeeper is something of a bit of pride for me. I never made it as an athlete, but I was one of the 4-5 official scorekeepers for the Birmingham Barons AA baseball team for four years. Being a baseball fan and enthusiast, I firmly believe that I’d be a horrible parent if I didn’t teach my children — Katie, age 5, is next — to keep score properly.

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