AUSTIN, Texas - May 5 is #GivingTuesdayNow and it's a global day of giving and unity as an emergency response to the need caused by COVID-19. The local nonprofit I Live Here I Give Here is the official Central Texas community leader for the event.
#GivingTuesdayNow is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits all over the world.
For the Central Texas campaign, I Live Here I Give Here is looking to build up dependable, unrestricted funds by asking people to make recurring gifts. Those gifts allow nonprofits to be nimble and proactive.
You can schedule a recurring gift for the nonprofit of your choice at AmplifyATX.org.
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I Live Here I Give Here will also be asking the community to engage in virtual volunteer opportunities, peer-to-peer fundraising, and acts of generosity on social media challenge.
The challenge, called "Generosity Now", will encourage people to show their generosity in a variety of ways like writing notes to nursing home residents, putting positive messages on their driveway for neighbors, or helping fulfill a nonprofit's wishlist by ordering supplies.
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People are asked to share how they give back using the hashtags #ILiveHereIGiveHere and #GivingTuesdayNow and then nominate someone to do their own generous act.
“Our local nonprofits are all facing new challenges and dire realities. Many are working diligently on the frontlines to serve the most vulnerable in our community. More than ever before, this is a crucial time for our community to step up and embrace generosity in all of its forms — through sustaining donations, acts of kindness toward neighbors, virtual volunteerism, and more. If we do not take action, it will be to the detriment of the organizations that make Central Texas the vibrant community we love,” states Courtney Manuel, I Live Here I Give Here executive director in a news release.
I Live Here I Give Here is hoping to build upon its 2019 “Actions for Good” GivingTuesday campaign when the organization counted a record 8.4 million acts of generosity from the community.
#GivingTuesdayNow also continues the momentum from Amplify Austin Day, which took place on March 5-6, 2020, and raised $12.3 million in unrestricted funds for I Live Here I Give Here’s 760 local nonprofit members, now reaching these organizations at a time of critical need.
“As a global community, we can mourn this moment of extreme crisis while also finding the opportunity to support one another. We each have the power to make an impact with acts of generosity, no matter how small, and to ensure the sustainability of organizations and services that are crucial to the care and support of our communities,” said Asha Curran, CEO of GivingTuesday.
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