National FFA Joins #GivingTuesday Movement to Encourage Spending with a PurposeTue, 25 Nov 2014 10:07:38 CST
The National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation have joined #GivingTuesday, a unique effort that will harness the collective power of a global blend of partners charities, families, businesses and individuals to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving holiday and the kickoff of 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. Taking place Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 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, today, synonymous with holiday shopping.
"We see Giving Tuesday as a wonderful opportunity to not only raise support of FFA, but also to heighten public awareness for the organization," said Molly Ball, president of the National FFA Foundation, the fundraising arm of the National FFA Organization. "With our all-time high membership of more than 600,000, this kind of grassroots effort can lead to a greater understanding of the mission of FFA and the importance of supporting the future of agricultural education."
Seeing an opportunity to channel the generous spirit of the holiday season to inspire action around charitable giving, a group of friends and partners, led by the 92nd Street Y (92Y), came together to find ways to promote and celebrate the great American tradition of giving. Thought leaders in philanthropy, social media and grassroots organizing joined with 92Y to explore what is working in modern philanthropy and how to expand these innovations throughout the philanthropic sector. The concept gained steam, and with the help of the United Nations Foundation and other founding partners, more than 10,000 organizations have joined the movement and are providing creative ways people can embrace #GivingTuesday and collaborate in their giving efforts to create more meaningful results.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 610,240 student members who belong to one of 7,665 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Those who are interested in joining FFA in its #GivingTuesday initiative by clicking here.
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