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St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation Joins #GivingTuesday Movement

By St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation


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BRIDGEPORT, CT - St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation will join #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort to 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 takes place annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Taking place this year on December 2, #GivingTuesday will leverage the power of social media to create an international 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.

The St. Vincent's community, including doctors, nurses, patients, supporters, and survivors are rallying behind #GivingTuesday to show their commitment to providing extraordinary care with compassion to those most in need. On December 2, these individuals will change their social media profile pictures to images that share their inspiration for giving and encourage their friends and families to support the St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation. To donate, click here.

Background on #GivingTuesday
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 92ndStreet 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 goal of #GivingTuesday is to 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 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 crowd sourced 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 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 build a better world."




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