We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. And in Bedford Hills, we’re giving locally.
On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.
To my Bedford Hills neighbors:
On December 2nd - the Tuesday after Thanksgiving -- people all
over the globe will join together to give back under a movement
Our local community organizations are what make Bedford, Bedford.
As a member of several groups and boards here in Bedford Hills, I wanted a way
to support our local groups and inspire others to do so as well, so I built this website to help Bedford Hills give locally.
Join me in selecting one or more groups below to support on December 2nd and throughout the year. Thank you!
Luke Vander Linden
The Lions Club of Bedford Hills
Trustee, Bedford Hills Free Library
Bedford Hills Neighborhood Association
Board, Bedford Hills Historical Museum
Community groups are what make Bedford, Bedford. Support them on #GivingTuesday
By Luke Vander Linden We have a day for giving thanks. We have two days for shopping (Black Friday and Cyber Monday). And when I heard about “#GivingTuesday” – a day planned for giving back – I thought of what an opportunity it would be to get Bedford excited about supporting its great community organizations that we know are so important to the character of our town. That’s why I created www.GivingTuesdayBH.org.
Here’s how it works: In the days leading up to Thanksgiving you probably saw a lot of the nonprofits you follow on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #GivingTuesday and talking about Tuesday, December 2nd. This is to remind you that when you’re done getting deals, you should click over to your favorite charity’s website and make a contribution.
Everybody should. At least on this one day, Tuesday, December 2nd. To celebrate generosity. And to give.
Specifically, I wanted to see if I could get the ones I’m involved with – whether The
Bedford Hills Free Library, the Lions Club, the Bedford Hills Historical Museum or the Neighborhood Association – to adopt this initiative.
Of course, every organization could benefit. So instead of picking favorites and singling out one, I created a website – www.GivingTuesdayBH.org – on which to highlight every Bedford Hills community group I could find. With a brief write-up and a form to give.
I’ve encouraged all the groups to promote the site via their own Facebook pages and Tweets. And even by sending out emails. But even if they don’t get around to it, they will still benefit from the generosity of the Bedford Hills community.
A little research found that this movement was started just two years ago by the 92nd St Y and the United Nations Foundation. They knew that not all the gifts made on Giving Tuesday would be to their organizations. A relative few likely. But they also knew that by promoting giving overall, the world would be a stronger place. Over 10,000 have participated in that short time!
On December 2nd, when the Lions Club posts a link to GivingTuesdayBH.org someone may donate to the Fire Department. Or the Library may drive a donation to the Little League. Or the Little League to the Community Center of Northern Westchester. And that’s okay. In fact, it’s great. Community groups are what make our town and hamlets strong. They’re what make Bedford, Bedford. And when one is stronger, we’re all stronger.
So when you see a lot of these #GivingTuesday links on December 2nd, now you’ll know what they mean. And so, why not click over to www.GivingTuesdayBH.org and support one of our great local community organizations? A terrific way to cap off a buying weekend and to kick off the true holiday season. In addition to serving on a number of non profit boards in Bedford and beyond, Luke is also an adjunct lecturer on Individual Giving at NYU’s Center for Philanthropy and is always looking for ways to motivate people to give.