(Stevens Point, WI) – Saint Michael’s Foundation has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals—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, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world.
Taking place December 3, 2013, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are, today, synonymous with holiday shopping.
For over a century, Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital has been providing quality healthcare for our neighbors the best way we know how. Your tax-deductible gift to Saint Michael’s Foundation will help to ensure all patients and their families, regardless of their ability to pay, will be treated with quality and compassionate health care, for the next 100 years.
Donor dollars have most recently provided accurate and comprehensive breast care and breast cancer education to over 150 new breast cancer patients and their families.
“We are so thankful to the Foundation and donors for their gifts. Our patients will continue to benefit by receiving up-to-date breast care education,” stated Kerrie Treutel, RN, Certified Breast Care Nurse and Breast Care Patient Navigator at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital.
Seeing an opportunity to channel the generous spirit of the holiday season to inspire action around charitable giving, a group of friends and partners, led by the 92nd Street Y, came together to find ways to promote and celebrate the great American tradition of giving. Thought leaders in philanthropy, social media and grassroots organizing joined with 92nd Street Y to explore what is working in modern philanthropy and how to expand these innovations throughout the philanthropic sector.
The concept gained steam, and by bringing together a group of founding partners—including the United Nations Foundation, DonorsChoose.org, Mashable, Blackbaud, charity: water, GlobalGiving, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Kiva, Darden Restaurant Group, Groupon, Unilever and VentureThree Capital—a nationwide series of discussions about how to make #GivingTuesday a success is already underway. Each week, new organizations have joined the movement and are providing creative ways people can embrace #GivingTuesday and collaborate in their giving efforts to create more meaningful results.
“It’s been a privilege to work with remarkable leaders all over the country building a movement around #GivingTuesday,” said Henry Timms, 92Y’s Interim Executive Director. “This initiative has truly been crowd‐sourced by some of the smartest and most connected minds among the next generation of philanthropists and entrepreneurs.”
“#GivingTuesday is a counter narrative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday because it reminds us that the spirit of the holiday giving season should be about community and not just consumerism,” said Kathy Calvin, CEO of the UN Foundation. “The most meaningful gift we can give our children, loved ones, friends and neighbors is the commitment to work together to help build a better world.”
Those who are interested in Saint Michael’s Foundation #GivingTuesday initiative can visit www.ministryhealth.org/smfoundation.
To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit givingtuesday.org, facebook.com/GivingTuesday or twitter.com/GivingTues.