GivingTuesday was started in 2012 at the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at New York’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation. It harnesses the potential of social media and the amazing generosity of people around the world to usher in real change in our communities. Ironically, its origin was due to the growth of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” and the explosion of consumerism in America. GivingTuesday has now become the official start of the “Charitable Season” and encourages the development of our philanthropic spirit in our most holy season.
Since its inception, GivingTuesday has generated over a billion dollars that creates a unique blend of partners from nonprofits, civic organizations, business, corporate American, as well as families and individuals to promote and grow small acts of kindness. In 2018, there were more than 150 countries of the world that participated with revenue in excess of $400 million going to nonprofits around the globe.
Beginning in 2012 and continuing today, GivingTuesday always follows Thanksgiving; this year the event will be held on Dec. 3. The Foundation at Murray-Calloway County Hospital has been a participant in the past and this year, 2019, we plan to work to educate, inform and mobilize our community with a common focus. Our plan is to raise operational support for the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House; now that the facility is built and open for business, we are seeking funds to help offset losses that were anticipated when the project was proposed in 2008! This is our opportunity to share with the world the mission of hospice along with the services that are offered in Murray, Kentucky. I doubt that there are many communities in our nation the size of Murray that enjoy the benefit of a free standing residential facility such as the one located at 1959 KY 94 West. If there is another town, my second claim is that it cannot be any nicer and more accommodating than the Anna Mae Owen facility. And finally, I believe there is not another hospice staff that is more caring and compassionate for the needs of the patient and family that those who wear the Murray-Calloway County Hospital name at our hospice house. When you combine all of these attributes, it is clear as to the potential that GivingTuesday has for our facility, not only in our community but around the world!
Save the date and share with your friends; if you are not familiar with the event just Google GivingTuesday and you will see what an impact this day has become in such a short time. Philanthropy is alive and well and the good in the world is still evident!