We just celebrated Thanksgiving, a day dedicated to being thankful for all that we have, but what about all we have to give? For that, we have Giving Tuesday. Last year, many of our campuses participated in this huge charity event and “global day dedicated to giving back” – and it was a huge success. In addition to the philanthropic efforts highlighted in our 30 Days of Giving campaign and along with the global power of Giving Tuesday, our campuses are showing their charitable spirit once again.
SUNY Broome and the University at Albany are both holding 24 hour giving campaigns on Tuesday to raise their philanthropic presence with goals of 240 donors and 750 donors, respectively. Additionally, Suffolk County Community College is hosting a Giving Tuesday event with online donations and sharing.
SUNY New Paltz is also joining the Giving Tuesday movement, with an innovative text-to-give feature, while Empire State College, Schenectady County Community College, Dutchess Community College, and SUNY Cobleskill are making efforts to encourage the spirit of giving via email and social media, using the #SUNYGiving hashtag.
This year, even President Obama acknowledged Giving Tuesday in his weekly address, saying, “There’s the generosity of Americans who take part not just in Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but Giving Tuesday – recognizing that in the holiday season, what you give is as important as what you get.”
SUNY knows it’s the perfect opportunity to give back to our communities. And you can join in too. It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your community, your club, your class, or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving and encourage others to do the same. You can join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity. Share your efforts on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with us, using the #SUNYGiving hashtag to uplift the Giving Tuesday efforts on our campuses!