Honor Someone Special on "Giving Tuesday"
The Benefis Foundation is joining more than 5,000 other charitable organizations around the U.S. in launching a new holiday tradition – Giving Tuesday – on Dec. 3, right after Thanksgiving.
“We’re all familiar with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday – three days dedicated to getting good deals,” said Dan Hollow, Benefis Foundation president. “We want to help create a new tradition celebrating our great national tradition of generosity.”
Nonprofit organizations across the nation are promoting Giving Tuesday in a variety of ways, Hollow said. The Benefis Foundation is suggesting marking the day by making a gift in honor of someone who is important in our lives.
“We’re inviting people to make a charitable gift to honor a parent, grandparent, caregiver, teacher, friend – anyone who you feel makes a difference, big or small,” Hollow said.
The Benefis Foundation will then send a holiday greeting card to the honored person letting them know a charitable donation was made in his or her name (the amount will not be disclosed). A donor also will receive a receipt for your tax-deductible gift.
The focus is on one day, Dec. 3, but a donor may send a Giving Tuesday gift anytime; there is no deadline. Send checks to Benefis Foundation, PO Box 7008, Great Falls, MT, 59406-7008, or make a secure online donation on our Giving page at www.benefis-payments-online.org/donate/. Be sure to note if it’s a “Giving Tuesday” gift and provide the address of the person you are honoring so we can get the acknowledgement card mailed.
Gifts will go into the Greatest Need Fund, unless designated for one of the foundation’s regular funds, such as the Sletten Cancer Institute, Peace Hospice, Gift of Life Housing, Angel Fund, Healthcare Scholarships, Camp Francis or Benefis Mercy Flight. The Greatest Need Fund is tapped for many worthwhile projects such as the Think First program for middle and high school students and Reach Out and Read, which provides a new book for a child at each wellness checks at Benefis Pediatrics from age 1 to 5.
Giving Tuesday was a grass-roots-style event that started with a handful of nonprofits last year. Now it’s grown into something bigger – a daylong effort to help nonprofits help others during the holiday season.