The Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania (NFP) has joined #GivingTuesday, an effort that will harness 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. 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. The NFP hopes to reach a giving goal of $5,000 on December 1.
Taking place December 1, 2015 — 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 believe in the future of the nursing profession,” stated NFP President Elizabeth Walls, MBA, MSN, RN. “The NFP’s mission is to ensure nurses for tomorrow through grants and scholarships for study and research. These scholarships are the result of the dollars that have been gifted to the NFP. To continue the good work of the Foundation, we rely on donations such as these. #GivingTuesday is a valuable opportunity for friends of the nursing profession to take a moment during the holiday season and sponsor the future of nursing.”
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.
“It’s been a privilege to work with remarkable leaders all over the country building a movement around #GivingTuesday,” said Henry Timms, 92Y’s Executive Director. “This initiative has truly been crowdsourced by some of the smartest and most connected minds among the next generation of philanthropists and entrepreneurs.”
“#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 sponsoring a nursing student through the NFP’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit www.thenfp.org/donate. For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org).
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The NFP ensures nurses for tomorrow. The official registration and financial information of the NFP may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free within Pennsylvania, 800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement. www.thenfp.org