It’s the season of giving and the season of gratitude, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the outpouring of support and enthusiasm that has come to us this year from community partners, donors, our campus community, staff, and arts and sciences fans! November is a huge month for the Inspire School of Arts & Sciences Foundation for multiple reasons, but perhaps most importantly this month is planning for GivingTuesday 2021.
What is GivingTuesday?
GivingTuesday is a global movement to cultivate support, raise money, and build capacity for nonprofit organizations around the world. Here in Northern California, there is no shortage of amazing organizations to donate time or money to, and the Inspire Foundation hopes to be on your GivingTuesday list. While we encourage you to get actively involved in our work every day, GivingTuesday 2021 will be held all day on November 30th, 2021.
How Can I Support Inspire on GivingTuesday?
Glad you asked. We are building momentum for GivingTuesday all month during this season of giving, and there are a variety of ways to get involved throughout November and beyond GivingTuesday 2021!
Donate to the Peer-to-Peer Campaign
Our number one priority as an organization is raising the money we need to build a new campus and permanent home for Inspire School of Arts & Sciences. We’ve successfully launched our Peer to Peer Fundraising Campaign: Their Future Is Now, and invite any community supporter to learn more about the campaign, create a fundraiser, or donate to an existing fundraiser. Every dollar goes toward the future of Inspire and our capital campaign to build a new campus.
Donate to the GivingTuesday Campaign
Thanks to the generous contributions of our donors, we’ve already raised over $2,000 toward our GivingTuesday efforts. Please consider increasing that amount and supporting a wide range of programs — from scholarships, to student events, to our Angel Network and Capital Campaign. Donate to this effort to help us make a big splash on and before GivingTuesday.
Create a Facebook Fundraiser
Facebook Fundraisers are an excellent way to build awareness and raise money through your networks, and they are becoming increasingly popular each year. These fundraisers allow your friends and followers to make tax-deductible donations to nonprofit causes directly from Facebook. You can even personalize your fundraiser messaging to encourage others to participate even more. You can create these fundraisers for birthdays, anniversaries, or just because you want to any time by visiting the Fundraisers website and choosing the Inspire School of Arts & Sciences Foundation as your beneficiary, or you can head over to the Fundraisers tab on our Facebook Page to start one there.
On GivingTuesday, Facebook is offering 100% matching donations for nonprofits up to $2 million, so if you create and/or donate to a Facebook Fundraiser early on November 30th, you have a chance to double your fundraising power for the Foundation. Learn all about this effort in Facebook’s GivingTuesday article. Creating a GivingTuesday fundraiser is just as simple as creating a regular fundraiser — the only difference is that Facebook changes their fundraising platform during the week of GivingTuesday to help you maximize your efforts.
Become a Monthly Donor
In order to keep the Foundation strong, we need ongoing financial support from people like you. Our November monthly donor goal is 200 active monthly donors, and you can help us reach it. Becoming a monthly donor doesn’t just keep us going. It is a great way to make small-dollar donations that add up to something incredible over time. Sign up to become a monthly donor, and make your mark on the next generation of leaders, creatives, and changemakers in our community.
Spread the Word
Not everyone is able to give financially, and whether you donate or not, sharing our social media posts, forwarding emails, and sharing why you support our efforts with your networks helps us to create even more connections with community members and potential donors. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, like our posts, share when you feel inspired, and stay up to date about events and opportunities through the Foundation.
As we gear up for GivingTuesday 2021, we have a lot to feel grateful for already. To all of our sponsors, donors, engaged students and staff, community leaders who help spread the word, media outlets who amplify our stories, and arts and sciences supporters: we couldn’t do this without you. Our hearts are full.
Now, let’s Inspire the north state together.