5th Annual Giving Tuesday

Non-profits looking forward to charitable donations during holidays

DAVENPORT, Iowa - After the holiday shopping craze this past weekend, Tuesday has been designated as a day for giving. 

Giving Tuesday was started in New York City in 2012, and has since grown into a global initiative.

"We have Black Friday, and Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday," said Executive Director of Riverbend Foodbank Mike Miller. "Well, there should be something about giving back and that's really what Giving Tuesday was created from."

Riverbend Foodbank is just one group participating in the day. They provide food for pantries in 22 different counties. This year, they partnered with the Children's Healthcare Foundation for Giving Tuesday. For every new donor, the foundation will triple the donation.

"This whole effort of trying to end hunger in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois is supported by all kinds of people and it takes everyone's help to make it happen," said Miller. "So, I'm really looking at how many new donors we get as the total dollars."

The Quad Cities Open Network is a group of more than 30 non-profits in the QCA that is also using Tuesday as a day to raise awareness.

"For Giving Tuesday, we're really just trying to get the word out about all the different organizations we have in our membership," said Mark Leveling of the Quad Cities Open Network. "We're trying to get their missions better known to the community."

Leveling also says the global effort is about filling some of the financial gaps. 

"We have a lot of state funding, a lot of federal funding, coming into these organizations," said Leveling. "But they don't always cover everything that we do. Things like Giving Tuesday allow groups to fill the gaps where the state and the fed don't really cover."

Ultimately, the day is about giving back and building a better Quad Cities.

"It's time to remember those in need," said Miller.  "The whole spirit of giving Tuesday is about giving, and I just encourage everyone to join."

"I would just like people in the Quad Cities to see what non-profits exist in the Quad Cities," said Leveling. "Because there are a lot of them out there and they do a heck of a lot of great work every single day. The more support we can give them, the more support the community receives and it just helps build everyone up. "

For more information:

https://www.givingtuesday.org/

http://www.theopennetworkqc.org/

http://www.riverbendfoodbank.org/

 


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