GALION — The Community Foundation for Crawford County is once again participating in #GivingTuesday, a growing international day of doing good and fundraising. To counter Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it is always held the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, which this year falls Nov. 27.
Participating groups around the world are welcome to embrace the day’s name and make it their own. The Community Foundation for Crawford County calls it “#Giving2sday” as the Foundation’s board sets aside a lump sum of money from which a second gift is generated for each donation. The “2” in the title is to help donors remember that their gift will inspire a second one.
“This makes the event hyper local while also being part of a larger movement,” said Lisa Workman, the Foundation’s President. “It is the only truly global day that unites us as people. Known as the Olympics of giving, it is not just a day, but a movement!”
Since so much of the success of #Giving2sday revolves around using social media to raise funds, Crawford County residents are encouraged to go to https://cfcrawford.networkforgood.com/projects/60694-giving2sday-2018.
From that site, you can easily create your own fundraising page and use the templates provided to email your contacts for donations, or post your request on Facebook. Participants are especially encouraged to send their fundraising requests to old friends and classmates who are from here and would have a vested interest in helping Crawford County. Any donations made on that website between now and Nov. 27 will count towards the event, but checks must be dated Nov. 27 to count.
Justin McMullen, a Foundation board member and chair of their Development Committee, said there is again a special incentive to this year’s #Giving2sday. “This is the second year that OneIT has given us a generous gift of $1,500. Thanks to that gift, an additional $500 will be added to the top earning fund in one of each of three categories: agency funds, scholarship funds and the school funds.”
In addition to social media, collection sites for checks and cash will be set up all day at the Foundation’s office at 254 E. Mansfield St. in Bucyrus, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.at Pete’s Cafe in New Washington and the public libraries in Galion and Crestline.
In 2017, The Community Foundation for Crawford County contributed over $633,500 in gifts, grants and scholarships right here in Crawford County. That was also the sixth year of the #GivingTuesday movement, and it raised over $274 million worldwide.