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A Guide to #GivingTuesdayCLT 2018

Written by Nicole Copsis    on November 19, 2018    in

#GivingTuesdayCLT is a big deal, and this year the goal is to inspire 1,076,837 acts of good - one act for every estimated resident of Mecklenburg County! 

#GivingTuesdayCLT, Charlotte’s local response to the global #GivingTuesday movement, begins today!  In just four years this celebration of CLT philanthropy has influenced nearly $20M in gifts to Charlotte nonprofits and inspired more than 11,000 new donors.  #GivingTuesdayCLT was the largest global community-wide campaign in 2016, and we are ready to lead the charge again this year - with your help. 

#GivingTuesdayCLT: How Wells Fargo Gives GOOD

Written by Nicole Copsis    on November 19, 2018    in

#GivingTuesdayCLT would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors. Wells Fargo returns for the third consecutive year in a row as #GivingTuesdayCLT's presenting sponsor, and while the global #GivingTuesday movement kicks off the giving season, Wells Fargo does GOOD for the Charlotte community all year long. We asked Wells Fargo how and why giving back to the Charlotte community is such a priority for their company. 

A few GOOD questions for Wells Fargo...

Why did Wells Fargo decide to sponsor #GivingTuesdayCLT again this year?

#GivingTuesdayCLT Celebrates Five Years of Inspiring Good in Charlotte

Written by Nicole Copsis    on November 19, 2018    in

#GivingTuesdayCLT Celebrates Five Years of Inspiring Good in Charlotte

This year, SHARE Charlotte challenges the Queen City to complete 1 Million Acts of Good

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2018 

(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – #GivingTuesdayCLT, Charlotte’s annual celebration of the global #GivingTuesday movement, begins today!  Presented for the third consecutive year by Wells Fargo, #GivingTuesdayCLT encourages the Charlotte community to be part of the global movement by supporting local nonprofits today through Tuesday, Nov. 27.

#GivingTuesdayCLT: 8 Days of Ways to Give

Written by Nicole Copsis    on November 14, 2018    in


Everyday during #GivingTuesdayCLT (Nov 20-27), SHARE Charlotte is offering the Charlotte community a different way to do GOOD for local nonprofits.  

Below is a breakdown of what YOU can do to give GOOD locally to be a part of the global movement.  You can of course give GOOD in your preferred way any day throughout the week of #GivingTuesdayCLT, these suggestions below are created to inspire you to give GOOD in different ways.

(This is a growing list, if you know of a business giving back to a local nonprofit this  #GivingTuesdayCLT that is not listed below, please contact us so that we can add it to this collection of GOODness.)


11/20: Take a Class Tuesday

YOU can give GOOD to a local nonprofit by signing up for or taking a class through one of these generous local educators:

#EverydayPhilanthropist: Kindness in Action

Written by Nicole Copsis    on November 13, 2018    in

Some people give back by helping to build houses, other people serve meals, and some people knit.

SHARE Charlotte received an unexpected package filled to the brim with hand knitted scarves and hats and no explanation except a simple note that read:

“Share Charlotte, Please give these hats and scared to the homeless and the needy. I am an 88 year old knitter and do not know the charities who can use them. Sincerely, Elaine.”

Elaine is the epitome of an #EverydayPhilanthropist. Elaine used her time and talent for GOOD and is making a huge difference in the lives of the women at YWCA Central Carolinas. 

An Introduction to the #EverydayPhilanthropist

Written by Nicole Copsis    on November 1, 2018    in




noun: the desire to promote the welfare of others, the love of humanity. 

synonyms:  benevolence, generosity, humanitarianism, public-spiritedness, altruism, socially
conscience, charity, charitableness, brotherly love, fellow feeling, magnanimity,
munificence, liberality, largesse, open handedness, bountifulness, beneficence,
unselfishness, humanity, kindness, kind heartedness, compassion; 

Are you surprised by the definition of philanthropy? You are not alone. 

#RecoveringHope: Charlotte Rescue Mission

Written by Nicole Copsis    on October 31, 2018    in

Charlotte Rescue Mission provides free, Christian-based residential recovery programs for those struggling with the disease of addiction. Their mission is to help men and women achieve long-term sobriety while also helping them find employment, stable housing, and ways to build and maintain healthy relationships. They are there for those who need a little help #RecoveringHope.

Perhaps there is no one better to put Charlotte Rescue Mission's work into words than those who have been impacted by this organization themselves. Charlotte Rescue Mission has been doing this important work for 80 years now and has helped countless individuals through their struggles with addiction. Watch the video below to hear first hand how CRM has changed lives.


#52Tuesdays: Recover Co-Founder Runs His First Marathon in Support of Let Me Run

Written by Maddy Stevens    on October 30, 2018    in

Bill Johnston is co-founder of Recover, a sustainable apparel company that upcycles plastic into fabric to make clothing and other gear. Let Me Run is proud to have Recover as an official merchandise partner and supplier of all of our race shirts across the country.

Each Recover Let Me Run shirt is made of 8 recycled plastic bottles and upcycled cotton, and is part of inspiring and integrating environmental education into the Let Me Run program. Together, Let Me Run and Recover have already diverted 192,000 plastic bottles from the landfill, saved over 715,200 KWH of energy, saved over 219,120 lbs of CO2 emissions, and saved 49.9 million gallons of water.

#52Tuesdays: GUTS Celebrates 10 Years of Creatives Carving Out Wishes

Written by Nicole Copsis    on October 23, 2018    in


If you have never heard of GUTS, allow me to give you yet another reason to love this time of the year. 

In the past ten years, this family friendly pumpkin carving event has grown from a small, internal team-building activity for the employees at CRAFTED, which took place in a parking lot just outside of Uptown Charlotte, to a much anticipated community wide, friendly competition attracting hundreds of people to BB&T Ballpark- all for an amazing cause. 

#RecoveringHope: Hope Haven

Written by Grant Stimmel    on October 18, 2018    in


“I used and abused drugs for more than thirty years... I lost everything – my home, my family, my job. I lost me.”

Those are the words of MP, a lifelong drug addict who came to Hope Haven with absolutely nothing.

He’s now one of their biggest success stories

And he’s not alone. Hope Haven has helped thousands of Charlotte families break the vicious cycle of drug addiction since 1976.

They house hundreds of local homeless families every year who have members dealing with addiction, and help them on the road to recovery through a variety of crucial services. But counseling is just the beginning. The Hope Haven difference lies in their unique ability to provide safe, reliable housing for struggling families.