From the National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation:
INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Nov. 30, 2015/National FFA Organization) –The National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation have joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
“Donations to the National FFA Foundation go to support nearly 630,000 FFA members in the pursuit of premier leadership, person growth and career success. Giving Tuesday is a unique opportunity for FFA supporters to celebrate the impact of their generosity on a global day of giving,” said National FFA Foundation President Molly Ball.
92Y, a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around its core values of community service and giving back, conceptualized #GivingTuesday as a new way of linking individuals and causes to strengthen communities and encourage giving. In 2014, the third year of the movement, #GivingTuesday brought together 30,000 partners in 68 countries and registered 32.7 million impressions on Twitter, with its eponymous hashtag mentioned 698,600 times. Since 2012, online giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has increased more than four-fold, based on findings by Blackbaud and the Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, produced in partnership with the Case Foundation.
“We have been incredibly inspired by the generosity in time, efforts and ideas that have brought our concept for a worldwide movement into reality,” said Henry Timms, founder of #Giving Tuesday and executive director of 92Y. “As we embark on our fourth year of #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged by the early response from partners eager to continue making an impact in this global conversation.”
Those who are interested in joining National FFA Foundation’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit FFA.org/GivingTuesday.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.