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Giving Tuesday

Charities Fight Consumerism with Giving Tuesday

By Susanna Kim (@skimm) 

Nov. 26, 2012

photo credit: Noah Sheldon

There’s Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and now charities are starting what they hope will become a national day for giving that will join the holiday lexicon: Giving Tuesday.

As of Monday morning,#GivingTuesday had 2,106 partners listed on the movement’s website, including corporations, nonprofits, schools and religious groups.

The idea for the campaign sprung from Henry Timms, deputy executive director of the Jewish community center 92nd Street Y, and Kathy Calvin, CEO of the United Nations Foundation. Timms began thinking about the concept during the holidays last year, and the idea gained momentum this past spring.

“When 92Y’s Henry Timms called he explained the opportunity this way, ‘We have a day for giving thanks, two days for getting deals. Why shouldn’t there be a day for giving back?'” Calvin said.

She said the UN Foundation loved the idea.

“There are so many creative ways that people can volunteer and donate in today’s world of social media,” Calvin said. “A national day of giving back around the holiday shopping season just makes sense. It helps people everywhere make the most of their philanthropic side.”

The organizers, including public relations firm Fenton Communications, are asking partners who have the capability of collecting data to report how much they raise on Tuesday, how many people volunteered at an event, or other relevant information. They hope to report those figures Wednesday.

But will Giving Tuesday catch on, especially in light of the expected increase in retail holiday sales?

Devin Hermanson, senior marketing director of relief organization World Vision, said he hopes so.

According to a phone survey by Harris Interactive and World Vision, 83 percent of Americans say they would prefer to receive a meaningful gift that would help someone else instead of a traditional gift like clothing or electronics.

However, the percentage of people willing to give a charitable gift as a present has fallen.

Last year, 51 percent of U.S. adults said they would be “more likely” to give a charitable gift as a holiday present. This year, that percentage dropped to 45 percent.

“Holiday shopping is treated like an Olympic event,” Hermanson said. He hopes the same attention will be paid to Giving Tuesday.

Here are some ways organizations are participating in Giving Tuesday and ways you can give:

Union Settlement Association

The Union Settlement Association is a service organization serving East Harlem in New York City. Since 1895, the organization has provided meals, childcare and a myriad of services to the community.

“We’re just thrilled to be involved and have this kind of national effort in community service and giving back,” said Sara Stuart, director of development and communication of the Union Settlement Association. “That’s what we do in East Harlem.”

Stuart said it’s especially important to talk about giving back after the destruction from superstorm Sandy.

Stuart said people are encouraged to not just give money, but their time. The association is promoting community service by encouraging people to make public pledges. A group of volunteers are distributing 300 buttons around New York City that have the words, “I’m Giving…”

World Vision

Relief organization World Vision is promoting giving to Sandy victims as part of Giving Tuesday.

In addition to the organization’s giving catalog, this year, people can donate “gifts” on behalf of loved ones for “Disaster Response in the USA” and money will go to recovery efforts on the East Coast, such as flood clean-up kits, blankets and hygiene kits.

Devin Hermanson, World Vision’s senior marketing director, said he hopes Giving Tuesday fights what the nonprofit industry calls donor or compassion fatigue.

“Sometimes people feel overwhelmed and they don’t see their dollars at work. We need to do our part to show people the benefit of their donation dollars,” he said.

Shoe website Sole Society is donating shoes to Soles4Souls, which donates shoes to people living in over 125 countries, for every pair purchased as part of Cyber Week.

Macy’s “Believe” campaign’s Santa letters are one way for people to give back. Bring stamped letters to Santa to their local Macy’s, and for each letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish Foundation, up to $1 million.

Macy’s has donated nearly $5 million to Make-A-Wish over the first four years of its “Believe” campaign, helping make wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

For every dollar donated for a measles vaccine from Nov. 1 to 27 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, an anonymous donor will match each dollar up to a maximum of $15,000 to help save lives of 600 children a day who would otherwise die from measles.

For just $5.72, UNICEF can provide enough doses of the vaccine to protect 20 children.

For the last 65 years, the mission of Heifer International, based in Little Rock, Ark., has been to work with communities to end hunger and poverty. Donors can purchase a Heifer International gift on behalf of a loved one this holiday season, including $20 for a flock of chicks for a family or $275 for a girl’s education by paying for her school fees and supplies. Heifer International works in 42 countries, including China, Nepal, Brazil, Rwanda, Armenia and the U.S.

Kind Snacks

Health-food maker Kind Snacks is offering a $5 discount on its Snack and Give Back cubes. Celebrity makeup artist and guru Bobby Brown, newsmaker Arianna Huffington and rocker Grace Potter have stamped their names on three cubes. The cubes come with their favorite Kind bars and will benefit the Broome Street Academy, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the Alzheimer’s Association Committee, charities important to the three women, respectively.

The codes for the discount are: KINDBOBBI, KINDARIANNA and KINDGRACE. They expire on Dec. 31 at midnight EST.

Kind Snacks guarantees a donation of $10,000 to each partner’s charity.

source: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/charities-introduce-giving-tuesday-combat-consumer-holiday-shopping/story?id=17778557#.ULTiGuTLTyI

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Aaron’s Last Wish

[photo from aaron.org on Facebook]

Man’s dying wish for $500 tip inspires charity

By Dylan Lovan, Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — As Seth Collins finished his penne pasta at a Lexington restaurant, he called over the waitress to fulfill his brother’s dying wish.

He explained to her that his 30-year-old brother Aaron recently passed away, but that he’d left instructions in his will to leave a $500 tip for a server.

Then Seth Collins handed the waitress a stack of $20 bills.

The waitress, Chelsea Powell, took the money reluctantly and then smiled and said: “Are you kidding me?” She laughed nervously and had to cover her mouth from the excitement before giving Collins a hug.

The big tip at Bella Notte restaurant was the second $500 gratuity Seth Collins has left since Aaron Collins died on July 7. And the tips will keep coming, thanks to more than $47,000 in donations from people inspired by Aaron Collins’ dying act of charity.

The family didn’t even know he’d written a will when they found the document on his computer.

It had instructions on what to do with his motorcycle, his artwork and to “leave an awesome tip (and I don’t mean 25%. I mean $500 on a … pizza).”

“It was the last thing in his will, that we do this, and it kind of took me by surprise to see that, and for that reason it kind of left a mark on me,” Seth Collins said shortly after leaving giving the $500 tip to Powell earlier this month.

Aaron Collins’ death was unexpected. His brother said the family is still awaiting a final determination on the cause, but a preliminary coroner’s report said strangulation contributed to the death.

Collins set up a website after his brother’s death to collect money for the big tip.

He raised enough from family and friends for the first tip, and then Collins posted a video of the giveaway on YouTube. The video showing Collins telling a waitress at an Italian restaurant his brother’s story and handing over the cash, instantly went viral. Since it was posted in mid-July, 2 million people have watched.

Donors from around the world, many anonymous, have flooded the site.

“When I was daydreaming I thought (if we could collect) $1,500, we’ll do it three times, that would just be unbelievable to do it three times, never thought I’d get to,” Collins said. And then after he posted the first video, “suddenly I’m thinking, ‘Oh we’re going to get to do it 20 times, 40 times.'”

Powell, who received the second big tip from Collins, works three jobs and is studying at the University of Kentucky to be a teacher.

The money will help the 21-year-old student with her bills, she said.

“I haven’t even thought about it yet, I just know I’m behind on a lot of stuff,” Powell said.

Seth Collins said the family has raised nearly enough money to do once-a-week tips for two years. So far he has given three big tips, and said he plans to travel outside Lexington for the next dinner. He has been thinking of other possibilities, like leaving big tips for coffee or pizza delivery.

Copyright © 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

source: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i4_ANXnhCb-nIu6imnU91PkGEz7Q?docId=cddde6930c764f86b73b3c62b1d4dccb

If you would like to donate, please visit http://aaroncollins.org/

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What’s on Your ‘Bucket List’?

I’ve done a lot in my life – personally and professionally, and I am always telling everyone to get out there and do what you want NOW and not to put things off.

I still haven’t seen the movie ‘The Bucket List’ but, for many reasons (many friends, family and family of friends were lost within the last few years; my recent health issues – which thankfully, are on the mend; and, the recent news of the student who tragically passed only days after her college graduation),  I starting wondering if there was anything left that I wanted to do.

I am a very low-maintenance person so, it’s the simple things that make me happy. There is something to be said for getting older, I am totally loving my life and the people I have chosen to surround myself with. I know who I am as a person and I am completely satisfied with all that I have done and all I have known. They say that once you have reached your goals, you have to set new ones for yourself. So, with that said, I decided to come up with a ‘list’ of things that I have yet to do but, want to do before…well…you know 🙂

Personal List: Go on a trip with my grandchildren, help my son with his company, spend some quality time with my sister. Buy something really, really, REALLY special for all of ’em. Surprise my best friends with something special, give more to charity, help others with their personal goals.

Professional List: Same as it has always been – work at something I love to do, regardless of the pay. My favorite jobs have been the ones with the lowest pay (or even NO pay Egads! lol). And, money has never been the key to my happiness. Some of my happiest times were when I was “broke, broke”. I would also love to help others with their professional aspirations.

Fun List: Finish my autobiography, take a course in photography, learn to play the saxophone or piano, learn a foreign language, learn the Samba, work or attend the ‘Oscars’ (I might be able to cross this off since I attended the Oscars red carpet this year) , go to Paris, fly overseas to go to a concert…and dare I say, run a marathon??? hmmm….I’m not sure about that one, but it would be a challenge. I’ve already done skydiving and scuba diving so, I can’t think of anything else in the ‘things I thought I’d never do’ category; perhaps, I should start off with running a mile…or around the block 🙂

People I want to meet: Most of the people I’ve ever wanted to meet, I have met. The main two, who were on my list that I never met, were Michael Jackson and Sammy Davis Jr. Although I’ve had a brush with the following three people, I think I would like to have a conversation with Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Degeneres and George Clooney because they seem to be genuine, caring and giving people and I’d like to discuss their humanitarian efforts, among other things..and, I can’t forget Hugh Jackson and Carol Burnett! 🙂

What is on your bucket list?

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It’s Better to Give…

Kentucky man buys everything at Kmart Inventory, then donates it all to charity

May 18, 2012

Rankin Paynter sifts through some of the items he purchased at K-Mart

A Kentucky businessman showed a heart of gold by buying the entire inventory of a closing K-Mart and donating it to charity.

After turning aside calls from flea markets looking to buy the inventory valued at around $200,000, Rankin Paynter, the owner of a Winchester firm that buys up surplus goods, decided to donate the merchandise to a local charity.

“I told my wife, I can make $30,000 or $40,000 on this deal but let’s give it to charity,” Paynter told ABC News. This story first appeared on Lex18.com.

During a visit to the store, the good Samaritan was checking out the display cases and a safe for his jewelry buying business when he learned the store would sell all of the merchandise on the last day of business. One requirement: You had to be a power buyer.

Paynter, who is a power buyer, had to fill out an application with the company to purchase the goods, which had everything from winter clothes to over-the-counter medicine. According to Paynter, the day before closing the store called to offer him the whole lot. But there was one rule.

“They said you can buy it all but you must sign a contract and take everything left in the store,” Paynter told ABC News.

And, he did.

On Sunday, May 6, the businessmen stood in line for six and half hours to purchase the inventory that had to be rung up at four different registers the evening the store closed. It took the 77-year-old two trucks, two vans and six workers to move all the items from the store to storage. However, Payntner had no clue then what he planned on doing with all the inventory.

During a discussion with his banker, Paynter learned about a charity in the area that could use the goods he purchased. And, after viewing some of their financial records, the Winchester businessman decided to go with Clark County Community Services, which serves low- and middle-income residents in the area.

The inventory was an early Christmas gift for the organization, which plans on boxing up the winter goods to be distributed later on this year.

“This will be the first time we will have enough coats and gloves for everybody,” said Judy Crowe, the director of the non-profit organization. The organization’s Christmas program “Operation Happiness” is one of the largest in the area serving 1,500 families in one day.

“For a local businessman to buy from a local store that was selling through liquidation and give to a local charity –it’s shifted to 3rd world country or recycled—to have access and discretion with no strings attached was very generous,” said Judy Crowe, the director of the non-profit Clark County Community Services .

It’s a decision that makes Paynter proud. “It makes me feel good [to give to charity],” said Paynter. I come from real poor background. I’m talking really poor,” he said. “I was able to pull myself out and make a lot of money,” Paynter continued.

One thing the Paynter did not expect was for the good deed to get so much attention. He says this is not his first brush with charitable giving but usually his name is kept out of the papers. But, since “it’s gone as big as it is, [hopefully] people are going to realize now that needy families are out there and people need help,” said Paynter. “Things are bad out there.”

Thanks to Paynter’s donation, the Clark County Community Services, which also works with God’s Pantry to feed the needy, may be able to clothe every in-need family in Winchester and Clark County.

Paynter, who gave the organization $1,000 for movers and also footed two months of rent to store the inventory for the non-profit, says he was told by the organization, “there’s going to be enough money for everything. We may have enough money for two to three years.”

The feeling of helping cannot be described but he says it’s a good feeling.

“We’ve all been put on this earth to help each other through. If I can help people through, I’m happy,” said Paynter.

source: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/kentucky-man-buys-kmart-donates-charity/story?id=16370908


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Ricochet Changing Lives

Beautiful, heartwarming video…

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If you are on twitter, the following may be of interest to you. Eva Longoria explains in the video below how you can combine your love of twitter and donate to a charity via a 10 day celebrity auction which starts today. (Also, you can click on the link to the right to get more info)