Ugly Sweaters Give Back

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in ComLead, Integrated Marketing Communication, Managing Not-For-Profit Organizations

Ugly Sweaters Give Back

In today’s consumerist world, where it seems everything is driven by buying, and more buying, especially around the holidays, it’s refreshing to have a whole day designated as Giving Tuesday. Coming off Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two days centered on holiday shopping and general product consumption, people are now presented with the opportunity to give back to those in need. After all, this does fit in much better with the true meaning of Thanksgiving. We have just celebrated all that we’re thankful for in our lives – now it’s time to turn the tables outward and recognize those less fortunate.

My friends and I, inspired by this whole notion of Giving Tuesday, are hosting our annual Ugly Sweater Party this year with a new twist. We will be providing the food and beverages for our guests, but are asking each person to donate $10 for the St. Vincent DePaul Society  soup kitchen. If we have 30 people attend, that’s a $300 gift for a local nonprofit that does amazing work.

In Dr. Hartman’s Leadership class, a group is hosting a fundraiser for the Buffalo City Mission. Check out their fundraising webpage here and consider making a donation to a great cause.

If you’re interested in starting your own fundraiser, check out these sites:

GiveForward – They make the setup process simple for you, while providing creative ideas to raise money. Forget about your standard spaghetti dinner and church bake sale, this site is innovative and will knock off any other competition.

Crowdrise – Blends the concepts of crowd funding, social networking and contests, and they do it best. “Crowdrise is about giving back, raising lots of money for great causes, and having the most fun in the world while doing it.” Does it get any better than that?

Those in the nonprofit field know very well however, how important it is to carry out the spirit of Giving Tuesday throughout the holiday season, and even the entire year. Share with us some of your favorite nonprofits and the unique ways you have given back.

Don’t forget! Those last minute charitable contributions count on your tax returns. Visit the IRS page for more information.

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