Give Generously this #GivingTuesday

People share a universal bond rooted in a collective desire to help others. During a year of hardship, it is particularly important that we come together in the spirit of generosity. Give generously on #GivingTuesday and beyond.

GivingTuesday, at its core, is about the catalytic power of generosity.

GivingTuesday began in 2012 with a simple goal: to encourage people to do good. It has since grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people across 70 countries to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Last year, $1.97 billion was donated in the U.S., with a record 13 percent of adults participating.

Notably, 75% of GivingTuesday donors give to an organization they previously supported. GivingTuesday  reflect on the causes that inspire us. It encourages us to the show support for the organizations resonate with us. It urges us to reflect on the causes that inspire us. It actively engage with the world around us.

 

Giving during unprecedented times

2020 has undoubtedly been a year of challenges. We each feel the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, as it has disrupted our lives and shifted our perspectives in unexpected ways. Amongst the disconnect and isolation that we currently face, we must support each other now more than ever.

Despite the economic impacts of COVID-19, there has actually been an increase in charitable donations in 2020. On May 5, 2020 communities around the world participated in #GivingTuesdayNow in response to the pandemic. This impromptu day of action resulted in $503 million in online donations. In the wake of disaster, people are mobilized to act. When people are mobilized, they have the power to make a dramatic collective impact.

Despite physical distance, there are countless ways to support the people and organizations that work tirelessly to make the world a better place. Let us usher in the holidays by embracing the spirit of giving. What better day to donate time, resources, and goods than on GivingTuesday?

 

Why should GivingTuesday be limited to one day?

Amicus was founded on the fundamental belief that people want to do good and promote good in the world around them. Our mission is to make the act of giving more effective and impactful.

GivingTuesday sparks an important international dialogue that centers on generosity. We strive to carry this conversation beyond a single day. This holiday season, we are making every Tuesday “GivingTuesday” by highlighting the organizations and causes that resonate with Amicus employees.

Each Tuesday, this post will be updated to highlight the tireless work of organizations that make the world better each and every day. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook to stay up to date and engaged in the conversation. Join us in growing a more generous world.

 

Updated on December 2, 2020: This initiative gained media attention from Charlotte Inno. You can read more about the inspiration behind the campaign in this profile.

 

December 1, 2020
Raja Musunruru
Chief Technology Officer

Technology and passion can change the world. When combined, they are an unstoppable force.

While non-profits traditionally lack necessary resources to maximize their ultimate impact, Apparo provides organizations with access to IT education and training, as well as affordable IT solutions.

Charlotte-based Apparo has served over 500 non-profits and provided a value of $2.4 million in technology services in the past year. Raja has joined other corporate volunteers who have generously shared their passion and expertise to solve technology challenges for several non-profits in Charlotte.

"Any engagement with Apparo is always rewarding. It grounds you in the reality of the challenges a lot of neighbors in our community deal with every day and the wonderful organizations that work to make a difference with limited resources, limited tech expertise and limited funding. A lot of things we take for granted in our daily work lives are game changers for these organizations. It is very rewarding to be part of this program that will help them become 10-20 times more efficient in how they fulfill their mission," says Raja.

Apparo offers volunteer opportunities for a wide range of skillsets. Find the opportunity that fits you best on their volunteer page.

 

December 8, 2020
Joan Lundell
Director, User Experience

Storytelling holds power, though not everyone has the ability to share personal stories on their own terms.

A film project that began in 2013 strives to change that. Joan and a team of artists, designers, and filmmakers formed a community of video makers at Portland, Oregon's Bud Clark Commons (BCC), as part of a project called BCCTV. The project worked with individuals experiencing homelessness to showcase their creativity while learning the skills of filmmaking.

BCC is one of many communities associated with Home Forward, a program dedicated to providing safe, decent and affordable housing for individuals and families who are challenged by income, disability or special need. BCC provides a continuum of services such as health, housing, and learning resources to assist homeless individuals transition to a more permanent living arrangement.

The BCCTV project started in 2013 and creators’ work has been shown during public screenings and aired on cable TV. The attention drawn to the project brought awareness to the issue of homelessness.

“By empowering those experiencing homelessness with the necessary tools, participants gain an artistic and therapeutic outlet to share their stories with the world,” says Joan. "BCCTV aims to break down the barriers for everyone to get involved by utilizing storytelling as the medium," she continued.

Its premiere screening was a culmination of the diverse works produced throughout the year, ranging from personal documentary to live action horror, from comedic sketches to fictional dramas and a variety of animated shorts. Watch the event's promo video now.

Learn more about the work of Home Forward in addressing the need for affordable housing.

 

December 15, 2020
Katie Gervase
Marketing Specialist

Food is at the center of New Orleans' culture and economy. This is how one organization uses it as a vehicle for change.

One in five young New Orleanians (16-24) is out of work or out of school. Liberty's Kitchen bridges the gap between the hospitality industry, the backbone of New Orleans' economy, and opportunity youth. 

Liberty's Kitchen envisions a community where all young people can succeed. Its programming, such as its Youth Development Program and Youth Leadership Program, address the systemic barriers that impede young people's opportunity to reach their full potential. Liberty's Kitchen provides technical training, as well as social supports, to position youth to access gainful employment.

"Food sits at the heart of New Orleans' culture and economy, so it's fitting that Liberty's Kitchen leverages food as a vehicle for change. Their culinary-based Youth Development Program empowers young New Orleanians to take control of their futures and achieve their personal visions of success," says Katie. As a student in New Orleans, Katie volunteered and interned with Liberty's Kitchen.

Whenever she visits the city, she's sure to get a ticket to their monthly Guest Chef Night or stop by their Broad Street Cafe–and encourages you to do the same. You can learn more about the impact of their programming on youth success and food security.

 

December 22, 2020
Derek Mandery
Manager, Sales & Compliance

Jim Valvano was the basketball coach of NC State University who led the team to win the ’83 NCAA Championship. After being diagnosed with cancer, he helped to establish the V Foundation with one goal in mind: to achieve victory over cancer. Since 1993, V Foundation has funded more than $250 million in cancer research grants.

Valvano spoke at the ESPN Espy awards less than a month before he passed in 1993. This powerful speech transcends sports and focuses on resilience. It reminds us to reflect on where you started, where you are, and where you’re going to be.

“Jim Valvano’s impact goes far beyond his time as an athlete, coach, and sports broadcaster. He was an inspiration whose legacy reminds us to be resilient in leading a life full of laughter and love. His organization, V Foundation, brings hope to people living with cancer and their families,” says Derek.

While living in Raleigh, Derek volunteered at the annual golf tournament, among other events. Visit the V Foundation’s events and giving pages to learn more about how you can get involved.

 

December 29, 2020
Eddie Norton
VP, Finance & Operations

Social entrepreneurship is disrupting the way people think about the relationship between business and social impact. The field is gaining popularity across college campuses as students work toward a meaningful career rooted in solving the world’s most pressing issues. 

As a student at Utah State University’s Huntsman School of Business, Eddie co-founded the Small Enterprise Education & Development (SEED) program. SEED connects passionate students with the opportunity to empower individuals and communities around the world via enterprise creation and sustainability.

Student interns spend three months in one of five developing countries—Dominican Republic, Ghana, Guatemala, the Philippines, and Peru—where they work with program officials to support local entrepreneurs develop their business acumen, access funding, and grow their venture. Equipped with resources and mentorship, business leaders are able to break the cycle of poverty. 

When he was a student, Eddie spent back-to-back summers working with communities around the world. “We started the program to introduce the next generation of change-makers to social entrepreneurship and empower communities around the world to grow economically. By providing entrepreneurs the support and skills they need to get their businesses off the ground, they are able to thrive in the long-term.”

Social entrepreneurship is a growing field, with increasing presence on college campuses. To learn more about SEED, check out their work. To learn more about the growing field of social entrepreneurship, visit pioneer Ashoka’s website or read more in Forbes.