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'Twas the Night before Giving Tuesday

By: Brieya Wilson on | Comments: 0
T’was the last week of November And the turkey is done
Christmas season is coming, a time of such joy and fun.
The season of giving will soon pass us by,
It stops at the new year when healthy habits we try
First giving thanks, an american tradition
Helping mom and grandma make food in the kitchen
Ending by giving gifts to family and friends
Oh, how we love this season and don’t want it to end!
We skipped over a type of giving this time of year
A time to be generous, giving to others with cheer
In the last week of November, Giving Tuesday is the name
Changing the world by being generous is what it became
Give to a non-profit or a cause close to your heart
Make a difference! This is a great place to start
Let's be generous this whole giving season
No more excuses! You don't need a reason
Say yes this Giving Tuesday and continue to shine bright,
Be generous to all and to all be a light!
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9 Ways to Promote Your Giving Tuesday Campaign

By: ALEX SHIPLEY on | Comments: 0

9 Ways to Promote Your Giving Tuesday Campaign

 

Giving Tuesday is the perfect opportunity to find a cause you care about and start a campaign to support it - maybe it’s for a nonprofit or a cause local to you.

Once you’ve created your campaign it’s time to share it! Below are some of our best tips to promote your Giving Tuesday campaign.

 

1. Share Your Campaign on Social Media

On your campaign page click the “Share Now” button to share your cause on the networks of your choice.

When sharing, describe the importance of the cause to you, what the funds raised will be going towards, and any other information you think would be helpful for people to know.

We always say - SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!

Don’t just share once. Share your campaign many times throughout the month of November. On many social media networks, you can share posts like these with various social media groups.

 

2. Use the Hashtag #GivingTuesday in your Campaign and on Social Media

To be sure your campaign is added to our Giving Tuesday page, add the hashtag #GivingTuesday in the body of your campaign description.

Throughout the month of November, GiveSendGo will be promoting our Giving Tuesday page (and the campaigns that can be found on the page) through email and on our social media channels.

When sharing your campaign on social media, also be sure to use the hashtag #GivingTuesday in the body of your post. This will help others who are looking for Giving Tuesday campaigns to support find yours easily.

Bonus: We love to give back, so this year GiveSendGo will be giving money away to campaigns on Giving Tuesday!

 

3. Share through Text, Email, and Other Messaging Apps

While social media is the most popular place to share campaigns, sometimes being direct is best.

On your campaign page click the “Share Now” button to copy the URL link. Then, copy the link into the body of a text, email, or message to share immediately. Message your campaign link to your loved ones and


4. Reach Out to Local Media

Reach out to your local news organizations (newspaper TV news, blogs, etc) about why your community would be interested in your campaign’s cause.

 

5. Ask Others Who Care About Your Cause to Share Your Campaign

When you created your campaign hopefully you formed a team of people (friends, family, co-workers, etc.) who care about your cause and want to share it.

Ask those people to share your campaign on their networks to increase awareness of your campaign.


6. Partner With Local Businesses

Many local businesses are excited to support local causes.

See if your church will host a fundraising night for your cause. Or, a local cafe, sandwich shop, or diner might temporarily name a food item after your fundraiser (ex. Marty’s Meatball Sub, Support the Battle Breakfast Combo, Catherine’s Carmel Cappuccino).

Have your church or local businesses donate the proceeds and percentages to your GiveSendGo campaign.

 

7. Create a Campaign Poster

On your campaign page click “Share Now” and then click “Print Poster”. You’ll then be able to share a simple poster already designed for you.

Or create your own poster and include the link to your campaign on the poster.

Then, hang your posters around town at a local cafe, church, community center, etc.


8. Send a Letter or Postcard

It may be old-fashioned, but who doesn’t like getting a letter in the mail? In your letter describe the cause you’re raising money for, why the cause is important to you, and where the funds will be going or how they will be used. Be sure to also include the name and link of your campaign.

You may choose to buy or design and print a postcard that shares what your campaign is for as well as the campaign’s name and link.

 

9. Make a Creative Image or Video

Did you know that campaigns with images and videos receive many more donations than those that don’t?

Create a video of you talking about your cause and why it’s important to you. Then add it to your campaign gallery or post it with your campaign link on social media.

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The Best Teacher

By: Brieya Mikale on | Comments: 0
Remembering The Best Teacher 

Think back to when you were growing up. Do you remember your favorite teacher? Was it a patient teacher who listened when you had something to say? Or maybe it was a teacher who was so genuinely invested in you that you felt like you could do anything. Did a name pop into your head? (The name might be one of a family member if you were homeschooled!)

Whoever the name belongs to, looking back they were probably just like you now. A person who has burdens, stress, and all the “fun” adult responsibilities that come with having a job, like teaching, but then chooses to leave the weight of it all outside the classroom for the sake of the students. Why? Because those teachers knew how to love people well even when being a teacher was hard!

Our biggest teacher here at GiveSendGo has taught us that time and time again, even in the midst of nasty messages and emails, pressure from the media, and other factors. That teacher's name is Jesus. We want to love people regardless of who they are, what they look like, or who they voted for...just like Jesus did. 

As Christians, we want to grow more like Jesus every day. Having the profession of a teacher is an honor that goes unnoticed and unappreciated most of the time, but can make such a great difference in the life of a student. We see that in the gospels when Jesus is teaching the crowds, his disciples, or even an outcast. Jesus explained things in a way that made it easier for all different kinds of people to understand, just like teachers do! He knew one style of teaching wasn't fit for all, he understood having patience in the midst of being asked a million questions all at once, and he fostered people’s gifts and helped them grow in skill and understanding! We see this in everyday teaching and schooling. It’s never one size fits all! 

If you’re a teacher or you know a teacher, encourage and pray for them this upcoming school season. Start a GiveSendGo campaign for them to help with purchasing back-to-school supplies!
 
Whether it’s in your home or at a classroom, teachers are hardworking people who know how to love so well, like Jesus did, and we appreciate you! 
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