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#GivingTuesdayCLT Kicks Off Today and Asks Charlotteans to Do Their Part

November 14, 2017    in

SHARE Charlotte’s 4th annual giving campaign supports 235 nonprofits serving Mecklenburg County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 14, 2017

(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – SHARE Charlotte is proud to announce the launch of its 4th annual #GivingTuesdayCLT campaign, presented by Wells Fargo. #GivingTuesdayCLT encourages the Charlotte community to support 235 local nonprofits through GivingTuesdayCLT.org today through Tuesday, Nov. 28.

GivingTuesday, globally known as the first day of the “giving season”, was made hyperlocal in 2014 through SHARE Charlotte’s #GivingTuesdayCLT and presents a unique opportunity to get everyone involved in making Charlotte stronger and therefore better for everyone.

Give Good at GivingTuesdayCLT.orgThe 2016 #GivingTuesdayCLT movement raised $7.2 million for 174 nonprofits and included partnerships with more than 80 sponsors, local businesses and community organizations, putting Charlotte on the map as the largest community campaign in GivingTuesday history. View a recap of last year’s campaign here.

This year, SHARE is rallying 235 nonprofits, more than 100 local businesses, sponsors and community partners spanning from Lake Norman to Center City to Ballantyne with one unifying goal of doing good for Charlotte … AND to raise $10 million for local nonprofits!

The participating nonprofits have joined the annual movement in hopes of engaging the community’s support to better serve their constituencies...

  • The American Red Cross, YMCA of Greater Charlotte and SHARE Charlotte have organized a city-wide blood drive Nov. 26-28 at nine Y locations in hopes of collecting more than 500 pints of blood
  • Trees Charlotte has organized a tree planting on Nov. 28 and aims to raise $15,000 towards purchasing and planting the 500,000 trees needed to boost Charlotte’s tree canopy to 50%
  • DigiBridge is looking to raise $10,000 in support of its #ReachOurFuture campaign which serves 1,000 scholars annually with STEAM programming for the next three years
  • The Abandon Project hopes to raise $50,000 which will allow them to find a new home to rent as a safe haven for children in East Charlotte $3,000 will help
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Food Policy create food security for the 1 in 3 Mecklenburg County households with children who are food insecure. This amount will cover all cooking and gardening supplies for two FoodCorps service members for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year
  • In celebration of its 45th anniversary, Big Brothers/Big Sisters is aiming to raise $4,500 to support three relationships and find 45 new volunteer mentors to join their efforts
  • The Relatives wants to raise $15,000 which will allow them to move three homeless young adults into their very first apartments
  • $39,785, or one year of housing costs and integrated care/services for one human trafficking survivor, is Lily Pad Haven’s goal
  • Circle De Luz hopes to hire a team member that will support the efforts of increasing the Latina high school graduation rate from 20 percent (their goal is $10,000)
  • Project 658 looks to raise $5,000 to cover the cost of lunch for the refugees it supports for the remainder of the 2017 calendar year

"We know that most people want to do good, but don’t always take action,” says Kelly Brooks, Founder and Executive Director of SHARE Charlotte. “Each of us has to participate in order to affect change for our city; we often wonder what would happen if the 1 million people who live in this city gave something, even $10, an hour of time or a pint of blood.”

Wells Fargo, the campaign’s presenting sponsor, dedicated $89,000 in grant money that has been dispersed to 89 different participating nonprofits via its local branches. Each branch chose a nonprofit of interest to gift $1,000 toward their campaign fundraising goals.

"Nonprofits are doing great work and providing crucial services across the Charlotte region so we are proud to support them through the #GivingTuesdayCLT effort,” said Kendall Alley, Region Bank President for Wells Fargo. “Our goal is to help build strong, vibrant communities and make a positive difference, and we are excited to be a part of something that is doing just that. For our community to prosper, we all must prosper.”

During #GivingTuesdayCLT, people can give in a variety of ways including…

  • Visit GivingTuesdayCLT.org to donate money, pledge volunteer time or purchase goods that nonprofits need
  • Attend tonight’s kickoff party at Unknown Brewing to shop local vendors at our Marketplace of Local GOODs and sample featured seasonal and custom brews from some of your favorite local breweries (more info
  • Pop into Brixx Pizza, Chopt, Your Pie or a Bottle Cap Group brand, and a portion of proceeds benefit all campaign nonprofits (more business initiatives)
  • Buy a “DO GOOD THINGS” shirt from 704 Shop, available for sale online on Nov. 15

Stay up to date with the latest updates at GivingTuesdayCLT.org and follow SHARE Charlotte on social media.

SHARE Charlotte makes it fun and easy to invest in our local community by offering simple ways for neighbors, over 400 nonprofits and local businesses, to come together through good. Through its signature campaigns #GivingTuesdayCLT and SummerSHARE, SHARE Charlotte raises awareness about local nonprofits and increases the level of community engagement. SHARE Charlotte believes that by doing good, we will create a stronger, happier Charlotte.

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Media Contact:
Corri Smith, corri@blackwednesday.co
SHARECharlotte.org
GivingTuesdayCLT.org