?Deeds of giving are the very foundations of the world.? -Jewish saying derived from the Mishna, Pirkei Avot 1:2
In the U.S. we have our traditions. We celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday each year by spending time to feast with friends and family and give thanks for all of our blessings. On Friday, after we recover from our carb-coma, it is estimated that 247 million thankful Americans hit their favorite stores and shopping malls, spending around $59.1 billion (that’s right ? with a ?b?). Then Cyber Monday hits and as people head back to their offices, they load up on online deals to the sum of another $730 million.
This year there was a new day holiday marketers wanted to see join the season’s frenzy–a new national movement to dedicate one day strictly to giving back. GivingTuesday? is a campaign to add a new date to the national calendar; a date selected to show support for those non-profit organizations who strive each and every day of the year to fulfill their mission and make the world a better place.
This year was the first ever GivingTuesday?, and the IETF was happy to take part. With just an email and a few posts on Facebook, our generous friends donated $2,200 to the IETF mission! Not only that, those who were unable to give financially were encouraged to give back to their community by distributing essential tremor information to hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, schools, civic and senior centers, etc. to help raise awareness.
We thought if we raised $50 we would consider it a successful day. But after our first post, donations of every size and from all over the world began coming in. We quickly raised our goal to $500, then $1,000. But we never dreamed we would raise $2,000 in one day. We have an amazing group of supporters who came forward to give back. We are both impressed and humbled by their generosity.
Thank you to everyone who made this very first GivingTuesday? a great success! If you missed it, you can still donate. Here’s a link: www.essentialtremor.org/givingtuesday. Show your support for your foundation. Make us raise the bar even higher! Any day can be a giving day. Can we hit $3,000? I guess we’ll find out ?