Last week when we told our board about our efforts to encourage Giving Tuesday in Tampa, they asked, “how can we get involved and help with your efforts?” Isn’t that what a good board asks? As we developed the list, we realized we could share the list so your board can help you, too.
In case this is new to you, #GivingTuesday is a social media movement to encourage giving and volunteering on December 3. Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday has been called the “opening day of the giving season.” Giving Tuesday’s power is based on everyone getting involved so, board members, here are some ideas.
Here are some things board members can do:
1. Mark your calendar and make a gift to your organization online on December 3, Giving Tuesday.
2. After you make your gift, be sure to celebrate it on social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
3. Look for ways to get your company involved in #GivingTuesday, for ideas visit www.givingtuesday.org.
4. Make sure your board service is listed on your LinkedIn profile.
5. Go to your organization’s Facebook page and “like” it, then “share” it. Then do the same on LinkedIn.
6. Use your Twitter account to acknowledge the good work of your organization (don’t forget to include #GivingTuesday), ask if they have a photo you can share, too.
7. Ask your organization’s staff how you can help them get ready. Maybe they need help with the technology, web design or other parts of their year-end giving efforts.
8. Fund a matching gift challenge to your friends, family or employees for gifts made to your organization on Giving Tuesday.
9. Organize a holiday food or toy drive in your company.
10. Collect and share photos and stories of the impact your organization is making on your community.
11. Organize a volunteer effort for December 3 (ask the staff what they need the most help with that day).
Want to know more? Visit Givingtuesday.org
Looking for more resoureces for #GivingTuesday? Click here for our resource page.
And just in case you missed the day of December 3, 2013, never fear, it’s always a good time for board members to demonstrate their support of the organizations they lead.