Giving Tuesday Campaign Is Happening Right Now!
No, this is not another day created by greeting card companies.
Giving Tuesday is a nationwide and community-wide celebration of philanthropy and volunteerism that is in its 5th year. Along with thousands of other non-profits participating from around the world, we are asking our community to take a moment during this hectic holiday season to give back to those in need. And, more importantly, it will demonstrate to our future medical fundraising recipients that hope and help is available because someone cares about them.
If you want to pour back into this community, we ask you to please make a tax deductible contribution to All Things Possible Ministries on or after #GivingTuesday here at today.
We appreciate recurring monthly donations. You might consider turning over this new leaf on Tuesday November 29th, and scheduling it on the last (or first) Tuesday of every month going forward.
THE CHRISTMAS SEASON IS A TIME WHEN GIVING IS ON TOP OF MOST OF OUR MINDS.
Our national day of Thanksgiving is immediately followed by two days of stuff getting: the rampant frenzy of consumer hand-to-hand combat known as Black Friday, which then spills over to Cyber Monday for those gifts that weren’t found in the stores. The splurge and binge of those days created the perfect conditions for a change of pace. We needed a dedicated day of giving, this time not just our heartfelt thanks but also something more tangible.
Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, will arrive at the moment many of us are feeling overly stuffed, shopped out, maybe a little guilty about some personal excesses, and searching for something more significant. Giving Tuesday began 5 years ago when all of the United States and 71 additional countries got behind this movement to promote donations to nonprofit organizations.
THE FACTS OF THE MATTER
· 95.4 percent of Americans participate at some level of charitable giving.
· The average annual household charitable contribution is $2,974.
TOP 5 REASONS WHY PEOPLE GIVE:
1. To meet critical, basic needs
2. To give back to society by making the community a better place
3. A belief that those with more should help those with less
4. To bring about a desired impact or result
5. A request for money was made
Without charities and nonprofits, the U.S. would simply not be able to operate. Huge numbers of Americans are in need but without resources. Thankfully, we are often able to step in where government assistance leaves off. Smaller nonprofits like All Things Possible also have much more flexibility and much less red tape to get through in the delivery of products or services in a timely manner.
• The majority of giving to charitable organizations in 2015 came from individuals—roughly $268 billion (71 percent).
• Foundations gave $57.19 billion (up 6.5 percent) and corporations donated $18.46 billion (up 3.9 percent).
• Sixty-three percent of high-net worth donors cite “giving back to the community” as a chief motivation for giving.
GIVING MAKES US HAPPY
Givers are happier than non-givers. And happy people can help spread good giving news.
• People who give money to charity are 43 percent more likely than non-givers to say they are “very happy” about their lives. Volunteers are 42 percent more likely to be very happy than non-volunteers.
• People who give money are 68 percent less likely to feel “hopeless” and 24 percent less likely to say “everything is an effort.”
• The happiness difference between givers and non-givers is not due to differences in personal characteristics, income, faith, age, education, politics, gender or family circumstances, but one is a donor and volunteers and the other doesn’t.
GIVING MAKES US HEALTHY & REDUCES STRESS
A 2013 study examined the effect of formal volunteering on one’s physical and mental health. The study found that giving your time has favorable effects on depression as well as other mental health disorders. The warm feeling associated with helping others has long been documented anecdotally, but in the past few decades, researchers have made strides documenting the positive effects of giving inside the lab.
Evidence was found that both monetary donations and volunteer hours have a positive effect on one’s overall health.
A five-year study at the University of Buffalo found that subjects who regularly helped others were able to “buffer” the negative effects of stress on their health and life span. Not only did the study support existing evidence that relates social isolation and stress with morbidity, but it also indicated that those effects could be counteracted by helping others. Meaning that the more giving you do, the less likely it is that stress will have a negative effect on your health.
A 2006 study wanted to find out what specific physiological effects it had on the body. The study found that giving lowered overall blood pressure and arterial pressure in people.
Scientists conducted an experiment where they gave subjects $10, let them give it away or keep it, and monitored their heart rate and physiology. The results were that the more money people gave away, the happier they felt. The more they kept for themselves, the more shame they experienced. Scientists determined that when the subjects felt shame, their levels of the steroid hormone cortisol rose. This is important because cortisol is thought to explain some of the links seen between stress and disease.
From stress reduction, help combating depression, lowered blood pressure, and an overall longer life expectancy, available research provides a clear indication that donating one’s time and money has positive effects on physical health and overall well-being.
(Sources: University of Michigan Panel Study of Income Dynamics, Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, National Philanthropic Trust, Charity Navigator, Giving USA, American Enterprise Institute, Blackbaud, globalissues.org, BMC Public Health Journal, International Journal of Psychophysiology, and the University of British Columbia).
LOCAL DONATIONS = BIG IMPACT
While big-name nonprofits often dominate our pocketbooks, the news, and our newsfeeds, thousands of local community nonprofits are quietly making changes that will impact the people they serve for years. Community nonprofits provide vital services directly to the communities they serve. That also means they rely more heavily on people who live nearby.
This illustrates just how important it is to support smaller local nonprofits like All Things Possible Ministries:
· 61% of nonprofits have less than $100,000 in yearly revenue, according to the Nonprofit Finance Fund. The yearly revenue for All Things Possible for 2016 will be just over $50,000.
· Younger nonprofits, which often pop up in response to an urgent need within a local community, are especially vulnerable to the ups and downs of the economy. They need your help to fulfill their mission even more.
· The principle of “buying local” applies to charitable donations as well; whenever you donate to a nonprofit that operates in your local community, you invest in the lives of your neighbors too.
Please take a moment during this season to give back to those in need by making a tax deductible contribution today at:
Checks can be made payable to:
All Things Possible Ministries
3160 Hwy 21, Suite 103, PMB # 57
Fort Mill, SC 29715
DOUBLE YOUR DONATION WITH MATCHING EMPLOYER GIFTS
Did you know many donors work at larger companies that double the donations made by employees? Please check with your employer or Human Resources Department to find out if such a program exists where you work. #GivingTuesday