Have you heard about Giving Tuesday?
Giving Tuesday is global giving movement. Because if the world is going to come together for a global movement, shouldn’t it be for the sake of generosity? Last year, 98 countries participated in Giving Tuesday and over 1.6 million people donated!!!
Still want a bit more information? Watch this video that explains a bit more.
We’ve never stated a goal for our End of Year Giving. But we are going to this year. Not because we’re greedy, not because some strategist told us to, but because we have a reason for this goal. We have faces and names behind this goal.
We currently have a waiting list of 10 women in Maputo, Mozambique waiting to enter into our program, waiting to begin their own businesses, waiting to be empowered to call the shots in her own life and for her children, waiting to have a global family come alongside her on her journey towards true freedom.
10 women. 10 families.
That’s what it’s going to take. $20,000 is our End of Year Giving goal. This launches on Giving Tuesday (November 28th or the Tuesday after Thanksgiving for all our American friends!) and finishes on Dec. 31st. It’s huge. It’s lofty. We’ve never raised that in 5 weeks before. Truth be told, I’m nervous putting that number out for the world to see.
But these women are worth it.
And then I think, “But what if we raised it earlier than New Year’s Eve? What if we raised it so we could tell the women before Christmas that they have a plan for 2018? What if our Christmas present to them is a business?”
When I say “we” and “our”, I don’t mean the FTG staff or the Board of Directors. I mean the collective us. All of us. You reading this. Our 24,423 supporters on Facebook (think of if each person who liked us on Facebook donated $1?!?! We’d surpass our goal!). Our Instagram followers, those on our newsletter mailing list, the churches who receive our prayer guides, the Drop-off locations around North America who have leveraged their influence in their communities to spread the word.
We are in this together. And why not be in it together on a day when the whole world is binding together in a magnificent show of generosity?
So how do you do it?
We have a couple different options for you.
1) First, you can go straight to our site and donate online from your phone, tablet, or computer.
2) Strapped for cash or want to expand your generosity influence by gathering your friends to also participate? Start a Facebook fundraiser. It’s incredibly easy. Seriously, hold a FB fundraiser for 1 day. Create it, invite your friends, post about it, and you’ve done it! (Some quick directions to do that: Go to your "home" page and scroll down. At the bottom left of the screen you'll see the word "CREATE". Under that, click "Fundraiser", pick your organization (hint..Free The Girls ;) ) and start raising money for a great cause!) Don’t have Facebook? Start a campaign on our website and share through email to your contacts!
3) Spread the word and advocate. We have some FTG Giving Tuesday at the bottom of this post! Download (or screenshot) and share them on social media- it's easy to use your circle of influence to benefit those women in Mozambique.
4) Take an #UNselfie. It’s a Giving Tuesday thing. You’re showcasing your selflessness and your focus on others by being involved. Print a sign (check the bottom of this post), scrawl the hashtag on a piece of paper, whatever you like- and tell the world why you care. Share your heart and your passion for justice, restoration, and the power of many.
We would absolutely love for you to be a part of Giving Tuesday this year. If it’s not with FTG, please support another organization or cause near and dear to your heart. Because when the water rises, all boats float.
Happiest of seasons, friends! Have a blessed Thanksgiving,
Courtney Skiera-Vaughn, Executive Director