“GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.” (GivingTuesday.org)
To celebrate this day of giving, we are pledging to pick up one piece of trash for every $1 donated from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm on Tuesday, November 29th.
We have lots of ways to give today and you can use the buttons below to check out the different donation platforms. If you’d like more information on why you might choose one platform over another, check our our primer below the buttons.
In addition to pledging to pick up trash, we are also giving away naming rights to our two new terrapins! The first two people to either donate $500 or to raise $500 on our behalf will win naming rights to one terrapin (names must be family friendly).
If you choose to raise funds on our behalf, please reach out and let us know so we can promote you and keep track of your fundraising goal.
Thanks to each and every one of you for supporting our work to encourage, educate, and engage people to become stewards of a healthy Chesapeake Bay!
You might wonder why there are so many different ways to donate today, so here’s a quick primer on the different platforms.
1) Our regular donation platform is through the Network for Good. We use this platform for online donations year round and it hosts our monthly email newsletter, the Heron Herald. This platform is always available and gives you the option of whether you want to cover the 3% fee associated with your donation. This platform might be your preferred way to donate if you’ve already donated to Phillips Wharf this year or you want to donate AND sign up for our monthly newsletter in one go.
2) The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is hosting MidShoreGives. This is a community-wide donation platform for GivingTuesday where you can donate to multiple local groups all at once. This platform basically works like an online store, so you can add different nonprofits to your cart, select donation amounts, and then checkout in one payment. This is a new program, so there will likely be processing fees removed from your donation and it doesn’t look like you have the option to cover processing fees (which will likely be 3% or more). However, because this platform has sponsors, each donation made here has the opportunity to win Phillips Wharf additional money. For example, the first five donations between midnight and 1:00 am will earn those nonprofits an additional $150 donation. There will also be prizes for the top 3 nonprofits with the most donations in terms of number of donations and the total amount of donations. This is a great platform to use if you want to help us win additional donations.
3) Our GivingTuesday fundraiser through Facebook. Facebook will not charge any fees for donations made through their fundraising platform, which means we will receive your full donation if you choose this method. Because this is a social media platform, people will be able to see your donation and you can even share our fundraiser to help us raise more money. This would be a good choice if you have a Facebook account, want to share and promote our fundraiser, and/or have given through Facebook to other fundraising campaigns.
4) The old school (and original) way to make a donation – mail us a check! There are no processing fees and we get your check and deposit into our account immediately; there’s no waiting for a payout from a 3rd party. The only downside to this method is that your check might not arrive in time for GivingTuesday and you have to pay for postage. However, if you write “GivingTuesday” in the memo of your donation check, we’ll count it towards our pledge to pick up trash. If you want to make sure your donation is included in our fundraising updates throughout the day on GivingTuesday, you can also click the button above to let us know your pledge amount. This way, we can include it in our fundraising progress bar at the top of the page.