It’s here! Today is #GivingTuesday, the biggest day for charitable giving of the year.
We are excited to announce that to celebrate #GivingTuesday, Dodge and our partner the Victoria Foundation are kicking off the #JerseyGives Challenge for the featured organizations in this year’s Jersey Give Back Guide. Organizations that get 50 new donors and $5,000 in donations through the Guide by Dec. 31 will receive up to $1,000 in bonus funds from Dodge or Victoria (Victoria sponsors organizations in the Newark category, where the foundation focuses their work).
How does the Jersey Give Back Guide work? Dodge and Victoria selected organizations that excel in collaboration, innovation, and community engagement and have solid finances so you can feel good about donating to any one of them.
Using the Jersey Give Back Guide’s online “Generosity Generator,” you can choose from four categories — Community, Arts, Environment and Newark — to learn more about nonprofits that share your passion, and in just a few quick clicks, make a direct donation.
“Giving back feels good,” said Chris Daggett, Dodge President & CEO. “At Dodge, our job is to support nonprofits devoted to making our communities better places for all of us to live. We understand it can be difficult knowing where to start, which is why we partnered with the Victoria Foundation to offer one-stop shopping for finding and giving back to organizations in which you can feel good about investing your generosity.”
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the giving season, when many focus on holiday end-of-year giving. Last year, online giving on #GivingTuesday was up 36 percent compared to the previous year, according to Giving Tuesday. More than $26 million was raised for 4,300 organizations in the U.S.
“This time of year is all about giving, and that includes giving back in your own community,” said Irene Cooper-Basch, Executive Officer of the Victoria Foundation. “Nonprofits enrich our lives in so many ways, so it’s important to say ‘thank you’ at this time of year when they need our support the most. We are pleased to support this opportunity for families, businesses, community groups and others to come together in a show of collective generosity.”
More than $100,000 has been raised for New Jersey nonprofits through the Jersey Give Back Guide since it launched in 2013 to spread generosity throughout the Garden State and experiment with ways philanthropy can lend support beyond the grant check.
This year, the Jersey Give Back Guide aims to raise $100,000 in charitable gifts for the organizations.
Can you help us get there? Become a #JerseyGives Generosity Ambassador by making a donation through the Jersey Give Back Guide today.
Please don’t let our #JerseyGives Challenge money sit on the table — help these superstar nonprofits claim this extra cash by getting generous for them. Every donation counts, whether it’s $5 or $500.
Learn more about the Jersey Give Back Guide and the featured organizations at JerseyGiveBackGuide.org.