NEW YORK, NY, December 03, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- STOMP Out Bullying has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective power of unique partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with Thanksgiving to kickoff the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world. ---
On December 3rd, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving - #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are synonymous with holiday shopping.
Ross Ellis, founder and Chief Executive Officer of STOMP Out Bullying said: "This is the perfect time of year to inspire everyone to not only give - but to talk about it. And what better way to promote giving than through social media. We are delighted to partner in this wonderful call to generous action."
Led by the 92nd Street Y, a generous group of friends and partners came together to find ways to promote and celebrate the tradition of giving. Thought leaders in philanthropy, social media and grassroots organizations joined with 92nd Street Y to explore what works in modern philanthropy and how to expand these innovations throughout the philanthropic sector. The concept gained steam, and brought together a group of founding partners—including the United Nations Foundation, DonorsChoose.org, Mashable, Blackbaud, charity: water, GlobalGiving, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Kiva, Darden Restaurant Group, Groupon, Unilever and VentureThree.
"It's been a privilege to work with remarkable leaders all over the country building a movement around #GivingTuesday," said Henry Timms, 92Y's Interim Executive Director. "This initiative has truly been crowd-sourced by some of the smartest and most connected minds among the next generation of philanthropists and entrepreneurs."
A team of influencers discussed innovative ways that people are approaching giving during challenging economic times, along with how Americans can give smarter and use new media to encourage positive change in their communities.
Thousands of corporate and nonprofit organizations have committed to participate in the initiative. #GivingTuesday is endorsed by Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, Dorothy A. Johnson Center on Philanthropy, Giving Institute, Giving USA Foundation and InterAction. Charity Navigator, Givewell and GuideStar are serving as Charity Advisors. VolunteerMatch is a volunteer advisor to #GivingTuesday.
"#GivingTuesday is a counter narrative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday because it reminds us that the spirit of the holiday giving season should be about community and not just consumerism," said Kathy Calvin, CEO of the UN Foundation. "The most meaningful gift we can give our children, loved ones, friends and neighbors is the commitment to work together to help build a better world."
Those who are interested in joining STOMP Out Bullying #GivingTuesday initiative can visit http://www.stompoutbullying.org. For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow #GivingTuesday (https://twitter.com/GivingTues) and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.
About STOMP Out Bullying
The leading national anti-bullying and cyberbullying organization for kids and teens in the U.S. Created in 2005, it focuses on reducing and preventing bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educating against homophobia, racism and hatred, decreasing school absenteeism, and deterring violence in schools, online and in communities across the country. It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying; as well as educating kids and teens in school and online, providing help for those in need and at risk of suicide, raising awareness, peer mentoring programs in schools, public service announcements by noted celebrities, and social media campaigns. http://www.stompoutbullying.org, http://www.facebook.com/StompOutBullying Twitter: @STOMPoutBullyng Hashtag #STOMPOutBullyng
About #Giving Tuesday
#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give. It will culminate with a global day of giving on December 3, 2013. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners— charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a global moment that is dedicated to giving around the world.
To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit: Website: http://www.givingtuesday.org Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday Twitter: twitter.com/GivingTues
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