The Golden Belt Community Foundation is working hard for the forth year to help the community on Giving Tuesday by taking donations for local charities.
“Giving Tuesday is very important to the community,” GBCF Executive Director Christy Tustin said. “It is a way for the community to help out local charities by adding to these charities’ endowment funds.”
According to GBCF, endowments provide a permanent source of continual funding from invested capital, meaning the gift people give leaves a legacy forever.
$25,000 in matching funds will be awarded in proportion to the total amount raised during the entire month of November. Matching funds go directly back to the charity assisting with immediate needs while people’s gift to their endowment fund creates a lasting local impact into perpetuity.
“Our goal this year is to have 1,000 people donate,” Tustin said. “We have 50 organizations that have endowment funds through the GBCF and people can make a gift to one of them or as many as they wish to.”
People wanting to make a donation can do so the rest of the month of November by just stopping by the GBCF, located at 1307 Williams St. As of early Tuesday afternoon the GBCF had raised more than $50,000 with over 180 people donating.
Giving Tuesday, celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, kicks off the charitable season.
It also brings together the collective power of nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness, according to givingtuesday.org.