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Join the global celebration and give back today, Tuesday, December 2 for #GivingTuesday. Read on and learn more about how businesses, organizations, families, communities, states and countries are doing their part for #socialgood. ABBE’S SPARKS in RFPalooza.com

 

  • Turn Black Friday into Giving Tuesday

    Perhaps you have heard of #GivingTuesday, the global day designated to give back and donate to nonprofit organizations, causes, your passions, your communities and/or your states and countries. Created in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, plus a team of influencers and founding partners, #GivingTuesday was launched as a global movement that has already engaged over 10,000 organizations worldwide.

    This Tuesday, become the  anti-Kardashian,

    Falling on the first Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the funding initative offers a new tradition in generosity and global celebrations. For some, it’s a brilliant last ditch effort to gain funds for their organization or cause. For others, it offers a way for the family to do good together. For municipalities and governing states, it’s more than that — turning the day into a large marketing campaign that can drive funds for organizations in their jurisdictions, and also indirectly drive the tourism dollar. Those of us that market for municipalities and the states should embrace this — it presents us with an enormous opportunity to capitalize on our messaging throughout the year, and in some cases, an entire promotional campaign.

     

    #GivingTuesday.org offers a wealth of tools to help any company, organization, volunteer and the like to get their own campaign going. A few suggested tools include social media, videos, giving apps, and graphics.

    In the United States, organizations, businesses, cities and states are gearing up for the giving back day in a big way. Here are a few examples of #GivingTuesday marcom campaigns:

    How can you say no to a face like that?

    The ASPCA promotion says; “…it’s not too early to help: between now and December 2, you have the opportunity to support the ASPCA, an official Giving Tuesday partner, and make a real difference for animals this holiday season. The ASPCA has teamed up with Crowdrise, one of the largest fundraising platforms on the Internet. From now until Giving Tuesday on December 2, you can stand with them in what is sure to be the largest Giving Tuesday celebration of all time.

    Maryland is a big believe in #GivingTuesday

    The #MarylandGivesMore Campaign is a statewide effort to bring together nonprofits, donors, foundations, volunteers, and companies, to celebrate generosity and their ability to improve the lives of neighbors in need. The goal is to raise $12.2 million on 12/2. Their theme: Building a Culture of Contribution in Maryland. While their big goal is monetary, they are billing the day also as an organized day of volunteering, creative community initiatives, and celebration. #GivingTuesday is here to stay.

    We should all capitalize on this social good initiative and join the global celebration. Have a wonderful Wednesday and very Happy Thanksgiving. #socialgood #givingtuesday

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Turn Black Friday into #GivingTuesday

Have a #Giving” Tuesday State of Mind

This week in ABBE’S SPARKS blog post, she talks about joining the global celebration and giving back. Read on and learn more about how businesses, organizations, families, communities, states and countries are doing their part for #socialgood. ABBE’S SPARKS in RFPalooza.com

 

  • Turn Black Friday into Giving Tuesday

    Perhaps you have heard of #GivingTuesday, the global day designated to give back and donate to nonprofit organizations, causes, your passions, your communities and/or your states and countries. Created in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, plus a team of influencers and founding partners, #GivingTuesday was launched as a global movement that has already engaged over 10,000 organizations worldwide.

    This Tuesday, become the  anti-Kardashian,

    Falling on the first Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the funding initative offers a new tradition in generosity and global celebrations. For some, it’s a brilliant last ditch effort to gain funds for their organization or cause. For others, it offers a way for the family to do good together. For municipalities and governing states, it’s more than that — turning the day into a large marketing campaign that can drive funds for organizations in their jurisdictions, and also indirectly drive the tourism dollar. Those of us that market for municipalities and the states should embrace this — it presents us with an enormous opportunity to capitalize on our messaging throughout the year, and in some cases, an entire promotional campaign.

     

    #GivingTuesday.org offers a wealth of tools to help any company, organization, volunteer and the like to get their own campaign going. A few suggested tools include social media, videos, giving apps, and graphics.

    In the United States, organizations, businesses, cities and states are gearing up for the giving back day in a big way. Here are a few examples of #GivingTuesday marcom campaigns:

    How can you say no to a face like that?

    The ASPCA promotion says; “…it’s not too early to help: between now and December 2, you have the opportunity to support the ASPCA, an official Giving Tuesday partner, and make a real difference for animals this holiday season. The ASPCA has teamed up with Crowdrise, one of the largest fundraising platforms on the Internet. From now until Giving Tuesday on December 2, you can stand with them in what is sure to be the largest Giving Tuesday celebration of all time.

    Maryland is a big believe in #GivingTuesday

    The #MarylandGivesMore Campaign is a statewide effort to bring together nonprofits, donors, foundations, volunteers, and companies, to celebrate generosity and their ability to improve the lives of neighbors in need. The goal is to raise $12.2 million on 12/2. Their theme: Building a Culture of Contribution in Maryland. While their big goal is monetary, they are billing the day also as an organized day of volunteering, creative community initiatives, and celebration. #GivingTuesday is here to stay.

    We should all capitalize on this social good initiative and join the global celebration. Have a wonderful Wednesday and very Happy Thanksgiving. #socialgood #givingtuesday

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Philanthropically Speaking…George Lucas to Become One of the Biggest Givers

Donating Star Wars Billions Will Make George Lucas One Of The Biggest Givers Ever

George Lucas introduced the world to Star Wars back in 1977, and he profited handsomely from it. Now, after selling the mega-franchise to Disney for $4.05 billion, Lucas is preparing to give back in a big way.

In a statement released to The Hollywood Reporter, a Lucasfilm spokesperson said that once the sale is final, the Hollywood billionaire will donate most of the haul to charity: ”George Lucas has expressed his intention, in the event the deal closes, to donate the majority of the proceeds to his philanthropic endeavors.”

The move isn’t a complete surprise (although the sale may have been). Lucas signed on to Bill Gates and Warren Buffett‘s Giving Pledge back in July of 2010, promising to give at least half of his wealth away by the time of his death.

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Dan Rather says public relations should be for public interest

…Public Relations Should Be For Public Interest

Dan Rather urged PR professionals to recommit to working on behalf of the public’s best interest.

When public relations operates at its best, it is helping more than a client or corporation — it is helping the general public, said Rather, the keynote speaker during the PRSA New York Chapter’s 25th annual Big Apple Awards last night.

Some PR practitioners and journalists persist in believing that there is a natural and everlasting adversarial relationship between their two professions, said Rather, former anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News from 1981-2005, and current host of HDNet’s “Dan Rather Reports.”

“Not true,” said Rather, author of his new memoir, “Rather Outspoken.”

While journalists and PR practitioners may have different employers, both professions — at their best — serve the public, he said.

“This country needs you and your work right now, your best work,” Rather said. “It is through communication and clear understanding that we can, we will, restore a sense of responsibility and public trust.” — Daniel Benson

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5 Startups Changing the World With Tech

Mashable interviews the faces behind the startups and projects that are working to make a global impact. Blackbaud, Green Spaces, Givey, The Adventure Project and FairShareMusic.

These companies provide technological solutions for non-profits, give fledgling startups a place to work and donate to charity every time a song is downloaded. While the companies are diverse, they are all on a mission to change our lives for the better and improve society…

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Big Picture Soiree Benefiting Chicago Lost & Found for Education in the Community Through the Visual Arts

Big Picture Soiree Benefiting Chicago Lost & Found

Mitchell Pennell and the Board of Chicago Lost and Found invite you to join them May 24, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.  at The Victor, (311 N. Sangamon) for the Big Picture, raising needed support for education in the community through the visual arts.

Featuring spectacular entertainment from cabaret duo Amy Armstrong & Freddy Allenand Chicago’s Cyon Flare!

Buy Your Tickets online for just $40 or at the door.

Enjoy cocktails and tasty treats provided by celebrity Chef Dale LevitskiExecutive Chef of Sprout and the newly opened Frog N Snail.

Thanks to our sponsors!

Pure Kitchen Catering | ChicagoPride.com | The Victor |  Debi Lilly |Andersonville Galleria | Frog N Snail | AmyFredy.com | GoPride.com |Patrón |

Chicago Lost and Found is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creative transformation. We are committed to rescuing the discarded and unwanted. Through re-purposing, we create value, which in turn provides creative opportunities to build and support the community.

 

http://www.chicagolostandfound.com/events/save-the-date-2012-big-pitcure-reception/

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The Be-Well Lake County Community Dig Day

This diabetes education, treatment and awareness program is a community health initiative at its best, Committed to providing greater access to comprehensive diabetes care and education for medically underserved patients in Lake County, the Auxiliary at NorthShore Highland Park Hospital, through its annual appeal, has donated nearly $700,000 to this initiative. To donate, contact The Auxiliary at northshore.org/hphappeal. And, consider joining us on dig day