For Immediate Release
November 20, 2017
Contact: Emily Steinberg, (512) 961-1702, ESteinberg@statecommissions.org
Washington, DC — America’s Service Commissions (ASC), the national association of the 52 state service commissions across the country, has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.
Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
On November 28, ASC will raise donations in support of its mission to unite states in service. The nonprofit will ask its supporters to make a gift of $20 in honor of its 20th anniversary. Together, these gifts will help support state service commissions and their AmeriCorps programs across the country that are addressing America’s most critical needs at the state and local level. As the nonprofit association representing the 52 state service commissions, ASC plays a key role in building the capacity of the state service network and ensuring strong bi-partisan support of our work.
Those interested in joining America’s Service Commissions’ #GivingTuesday initiative can visit www.statecommissions.org/donate.html.
“We believe whole-heartedly in the mission of #GivingTuesday,” said Kaira Esgate, CEO of America’s Service Commissions. “As an association focused on capacity building and civic engagement, we understand the need for individual citizens to get involved in supporting the causes they care about — both through volunteerism and philanthropic giving.”
The organization 92Y − a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around its core values of community service and giving back − conceptualized #GivingTuesday as a new way of linking individuals and causes to strengthen communities and encourage giving. In 2016, the fifth year of #GivingTuesday, millions of people in 98 countries came together to give back and support the causes they believe in. Over $177 million was raised online to benefit a tremendously broad range of organizations, and much more was given in volunteer hours, donations of food and clothing, and acts of kindness.
“We have been incredibly inspired by the generosity in time, efforts and ideas that have brought our concept for a worldwide movement into reality,” said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday and executive director of 92Y. “As we embark on our sixth year of #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged by the early response from partners eager to continue making an impact in this global conversation.”
For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media
About America’s Service Commissions
America’s Service Commissions (ASC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing and promoting the 52 state service commissions across the United States and territories with the mission to lead and elevate the state service network. State service commissions are governor-appointed public agencies or nonprofit organizations made up of more than 1,000 commissioners, private citizens leading the nation’s service movement and administering 80 percent of the federal AmeriCorps funds to address pressing community needs. Learn more at statecommissions.org.
#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 28. #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. It inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together. To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit: www.givingtuesday.org