Northwest Arkansas, November 2015 – Friendship Community Care has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

 

Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

Friendship Community Care has been serving children and adults born with disabilities throughout the state of Arkansas for 43 years – but this is the first year the organization has joined the movement. “We are raising funds at the community level for recreational programs that will connect the individuals we serve with new friends in integrated settings – this is the very heart of our mission” said Jordan Baker, Development Director for Friendship Community Care’s Northwest region. Baker worked with multiple nonprofits based out of New York City before joining the Friendship Community Care team, including 92Y, the cultural center in New York City that conceptualized #GivingTuesday as a new way of linking individuals and causes to strengthen communities and encourage giving.

Since 1874, 92Y has been bringing people together around its core values of community service and giving back. In 2014, the third year of the movement, #GivingTuesday brought together 30,000 partners in 68 countries and registered 32.7 million impressions on Twitter, with its eponymous hashtag mentioned 698,600 times. Since 2012, online giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has increased more than four-fold, based on findings by Blackbaud and the Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, produced in partnership with the Case Foundation.

“We have been incredibly inspired by the generosity in time, efforts and ideas that have brought our concept for a worldwide movement into reality,” said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday. “As we embark on our fourth year of #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged by the early response from partners eager to continue making an impact in this global conversation.”

Those who are interested in joining Friendship Community Care’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit www.fccare.org to make a huge impact from the comfort of their own couch. Giving just a $5 online donation will help the organization empower independence and dignity for children and adults born with disabilities. To see exactly where the money would land, you can visit www.fccare.exposure.co for stories of impact.

For more information on other ways you might contribute or partner with a Friendship Community Care facility in your area, contact Jordan Baker, Friendship Community Care, Inc.’s NWA Development Director, at 479-886-2914 or bakerjor@fccare.org.