Ch­ester County non­prof­its join Giv­ing Tues­day move­ment

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Non­prof­its through­out Ch­ester County have 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. The goal is 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 and give back in bet­ter, smarter ways to the char­i­ties and causes they sup­port.

Oc­cur­ring this year on Nov. 29, #Giv­ingTues­day is held an­nu­ally on the Tues­day af­ter Thanks­giv­ing and falls in line with the widely rec­og­nized shop­ping events Black Fri­day, Small Busi­ness Satur­day, and Cy­ber Monday.

“In 2015, the fourth year of the move­ment, #Giv­ingTues­day brought to­gether over 45,000 part­ners in 71 coun­tries and helped raise nearly $117 mil­lion on­line in the U.S. alone,” explains Kris­tine Parkes, part­ner at Kul­ti­vate and or­ga­nizer of the ini­tia­tive in Ch­ester County. “Each year we in­clude more and more par­tic­i­pants and are pleased to pro­vide them with sup­port to help kick­off their year-end giv­ing sea­son.”

To be in­cluded, a regis­tered char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion must have a ser­vice area that in­cludes Ch­ester County as well as the abil­ity to ac­cept on­line do­na­tions through their own web­site. All par­tic­i­pat­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions are listed on Giv­ingTues­dayCh­esCo.org, which has more in­for­ma­tion on the national move­ment, the mis­sion state­ments of par­tic­i­pat­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions in Ch­ester County, and links to their do­na­tion pages. All do­na­tions are made di­rectly to the non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion through its own web­site.

“Peo­ple can do­nate to the or­ga­ni­za­tions at any time, not just on Nov. 29, but #Giv­ingTues­day gar­ners more ex­cite­ment and gives donors the op­por­tu­nity to learn more about or­ga­ni­za­tions who work so hard for their com­mu­nity,” Parkes said.

There are cur­rently more than 60 Ch­ester County non­prof­its signed up to be part of this year’s #Giv­ingTues­dayCh­esCo. Donors

are en­cour­aged to spread the mes­sage through so­cial me­dia to get oth­ers in­volved.

To learn more about #Giv­ingTues­dayCh­esCo par­tic­i­pants and ac­tiv­i­ties or to join the cel­e­bra­tion of giv­ing, please visit: www. Giv­ingTues­dayCh­esCo.org or on Face­book at Giv­ingTues­day-Ch­esCo.

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