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By: Hugh Jackman- Laughing Man Coffee and Tea Joins #GivingTuesday

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By: Hugh Jackman- Laughing Man Coffee and Tea Joins #GivingTuesday As we begin to shape the world of the 21 st Century, we find that celebrations of shopping fervor like post-Thanksgiving Black Friday and it's offspring Cyber Monday do not capture the contemporary, collaborative spirit. Now we have #GivingTuesday, a day in which we take a break from shopping for ourselves to give to those in need. I hope #GivingTuesday becomes an opportunity for people to think holistically about how capitalism can better work to serve the consumer, the entrepreneur, the worker, and communities large and small around the world. In an era of growing inequality and environmental degradation, the line between self-centeredness and we-centeredness blurs. In order to look out for ourselves, we need to look out for each other. On #GivingTuesday, I hope we give to enrich our lives and shop to transform the lives of people everywhere. At Laughing Man Coffee and Tea , all of our products are ethically sourced, healthy and good for the environment. When you buy a Fair Trade product sourced by Laughing Man Coffee and Tea, you treat yourself and loved ones to delicious, healthy coffee and tea, you heal the environment, and you support hard working small farmers and their families all over the world. Let #GivingTuesday be the first of many Tuesdays when we shop for everyone’s happiness. Read More
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Town of Greenwich Declares December 3rd "Giving Tuesday"

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Town of Greenwich Declares December 3rd First Selectman of the town of Greenwich Peter Tesei has proclaimed December 3, 2013 “Giving Tuesday” – an official day of giving to mark the beginning of the holiday season. Giving Tuesday is a national philanthropic movement that encourages non-profits, businesses, and individuals to take action and give back to their communities in collaborative ways. When the initiative was launched in 2012 by the 92 nd Street Y in New York City, the cities of Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia were among the first to formally endorse Giving Tuesday. This year, the town of Greenwich will observe Giving Tuesday as well. The town of Greenwich became involved in Giving Tuesday at the suggestion of Juliana Collamer, executive director of Volunteers On Call (VOC), a local non-profit organization dedicated to volunteerism promotion and the creation of domestic and international service opportunities. VOC will be one of the 7,000 organizations around the country to partner with the movement. “The holidays have become increasingly focused on consumerism as a result of the hype surrounding Black Friday and Cyber Monday. At Volunteers On Call, we are excited to be associated with a movement that emphasizes strengthening our community through philanthropic endeavors during the giving season,” she said. In honor of Giving Tuesday, Volunteers On Call will be hosting a suit drive beginning on December 3rd to collect new and gently worn mens’ suits for homeless individuals who need an outfit for job interviews. Those who are interested in donating suits or exploring service opportunities with VOC can visit www.volunteersoncall.org or contact Collamer at jscollamer@gmail.com for more information. Read More
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Mayoral Proclamation for #GivingTuesday in St. Louis, MO

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Mayoral Proclamation for #GivingTuesday in St. Louis, MO Mayor Francis Slay has issued a Mayoral Proclamation for the City of St. Louis. The proclamation reads in part: "WHEREAS, Givver is the only way to tweet to #give to St. Louis non-profits on #GivingTuesday, and WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper on #GivingTuesday and on every day to recognize the tremendous impact of philanthropy, volunteerism, and community service in the City of St. Louis, and I encourage the people of St. Louis to join together on this day to give back to the community in any way that is personally meaningful. Now, therefore, I, Francis G. Slay, Mayor of the City of St. Louis, do hereby proclaim December 3, 2013 as '#GivingTuesday'In the City of St. Louis" "We are thrilled that Mayor Slay is supporting the efforts of St. Louis non-profits, as well as Givver's platform that allows donors to tweet to #give to local and national non-profits," said Givver Co-Founder, Chris Sommers. "There are nearly 100 non-profits in St. Louis alone that have already joined our Community, enabling the next generation of Givvers to "#give where they live" on social media," added Sommers. "The Mayor's help spreading the word about #GivingTuesday and our efforts will help make the most of this incredible day that kicks off the Season of Giving." Givver would like to thank Mayor Slay and his team for issuing the Proclamation and all they do year-round for St. Louis non-profits. Non-profits across the US and Canada are encouraged to take just a few minutes and sign-up for Givver today at givver.com, enabling their donors to #give in the fastest, most social way on #GivingTuesday. The same platform used by Feeding America, Save the Children, The Humane Society of the United States, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, VH1, Barack Obama, Cory Booker and The Mission Continues is now available to any non-profit or school. For more information, visit Givver.com, tweet @Givver or send an email to support@givver.com. Happy #GivingTuesday and Happy Holidays from the Givver Team. Read More
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WHAT WE ARE READING

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WHAT WE ARE READING The weeklong countdown to #GivingTuesday begins today! With just 7 days remaining until December 3, excitement is growing as over 7,500 partners have signed on to prioritize giving during the holiday season. Here’s a collection of the latest news surrounding #GivingTuesday: “Join the Giving Tuesday Celebration!” The Motherhood.com, November 19, 2013 “Smile Train Celebrates This Holiday Season by Making It A Season of Smiles,” Smile Train, Gnomes National News Service, November 25, 2013 “Generosity Without Borders on #GivingTuesday,” Randel Mason, IREX.org, November 22, 2013 “Giving Tuesday Challenges Black Friday, Cyber Monday,” Emmilie Buchanan-Whitlock, Deseret News, HispanicBusiness.com, November 25, 2013 “#GivingTuesday Dec. 3,” LakelandTimes.com, November 25, 2013 “UMC #GivingTuesday Gifts Have Twice the Impact,” Sacramento Bee, November 25, 2013 “Giving Tuesday: Magnify Your Generosity This Year,” David Nocenti, Huffington Post, November 25, 2013 “This #GivingTuesday, Help Strengthen Our Country and Democracy,” Elisabeth MacNamara, Huffington Post, November 25, 2013 “Giving Tuesday Highlights Needs of Southington Nonprofits,” Farrah Duffany, MyRecordJournal.com, November 25, 2013 “Falls Officials Set to Mark Giving Tuesday,” Niagra Gazette, November 25, 2013 Photo Credit: HispanicBusiness.com http://bit.ly/It4z0D Read More
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The City of West Hollywood is Encouraging Residents to Give Back on #GivingTuesday December 3, 2013

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The City of West Hollywood is Encouraging Residents to Give Back on #GivingTuesday December 3, 2013 “The holidays are a time to reflect on what we are thankful for, and #GivingTuesday reminds us that the spirit of the holidays is about community,” said West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land. “The need for charitable donations remains very high. Whether you are passionate about your local community or those in need in other parts of the world, #GivingTuesday is a great opportunity to give back. I encourage everyone to set aside a little from their holiday budget to give back to a cause they care about. Read More
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On December 3 People Will Line Up – Not to Get a Deal, but to “Get Out the Give” on #GivingTuesday!

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On December 3 People Will Line Up – Not to Get a Deal, but to “Get Out the Give” on #GivingTuesday! On #GivingTuesday – following Black Friday and Cyber Monday – people across the United States and around the world will get together online and in person to kick off the holiday season with a day dedicated to giving back. Individuals will launch their volunteer projects, make online donations and gather at dozens of events to celebrate the start of the holiday giving season and give back to the causes they care about most. Local #GivingTuesday gatherings and activations take on a variety of forms, including parties designed to help those in need, summits exploring and encouraging philanthropic activity, clothing and food drives, volunteer opportunities and more. These activities are organized by many partners of #GivingTuesday, a movement of organizations, companies, and people dedicated to a collective celebration of giving that increases philanthropy and volunteering throughout the holiday season. #GivingTuesday, now in its second year, falls on December 3, 2013. The number of organizations and companies that have signed on as partners has more than doubled from the first year, and now stands at 6,225 and growing, in all 50 U.S. states and 15 countries. #GivingTuesday Events will be Hosted Online and Offline to Create Maximum Impact Local activities in communities across the United States include the following (a complete list is available here ) Community Missions of Niagara Frontier: On #GivingTuesday at Community Missions , those staying at the Emergency Housing Shelter will be able to receive free haircuts courtesy of Lauren Rose Miller and Rellim Hair Studio, while employees from a local Target store will be painting and updating a three-room common area at the Shelter. Mayor Paul Dyster of Niagara Falls, N.Y. will also declare Dec. 3 as Giving Tuesday in the Cataract City. Community Missions has partnered with the Niagara University Alumni Association on a food drive, while encouraging donations of clothing and furniture to the agency’s Crisis Services. Financial contributions are also encouraged, particularly a gift of $19.25 , which signifies the year the Mission opened, and provides food baskets of 27 meals to three families for the holidays. Creative Minds International Pubic Charter School: The St. Regis, Washington, DC will host a #GivingTuesday fundraiser to support Creative Minds International. This charter school has a mission of fostering childhood education in highly enriching ways while focusing on the International Primary curriculum, a highly engaging program based on an international, project –and arts-based approach that includes foreign language instruction as well as standards-based literacy and mathematics. This event is being put together by other local small businesses JBC events , You successful You and Dolci Gelati . Discovery Education: US -Discovery Education is a company fueled by innovation, full of forward-thinkers who are passionate about harnessing the power of media and technology to transform teaching and learning. For #GivingTuesday, Discovery Education will hold a livestream event for students nationwide to hear from our best and brightest employees about their unexpected and exciting careers that are powered by science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This virtual experience will engage classrooms throughout the United States, inspiring thousands of students to dive in and discover exciting career paths that STEM subjects can lead to. DoGoodBuyUs: NYC, Chicago, Austin - the marketplace for gifts that give back-- is hosting parties across the U.S. to unite the entire country in #GivingTuesday. Supporters of #GivingTuesday can party until Wednesday in NYC, Chicago and Austin by purchasing a ticket . DoGoodBuyUs has also made the official #GivingTuesday mason jars . Get yours to share drinks or candy with friends all year. As a founding partner, DoGoodBuyUs is thrilled to see the exponential growth of the #GivingTuesday movement. Family Diner Project: The Family Dinner Project wants to put the giving back in Thanksgiving by sparking conversations about giving and #GivingTuesday at family tables across the country – during Thanksgiving dinner (or leftover lunches). The Family Dinner Project — a grassroots movement of food, fun and conversation about things that matter — has created a free Thanksgiving toolkit that includes giving tips, conversation starters, games and many more resources to help families decide how to give – not just money, but time and simple acts of kindness. Games for Change: Together with our friends at One Game a Month, Games for Change is excited to host the Charity Game Jam this year. This weeklong charity jam, running from November 23 to 30, challenges developers to create games that raise funding for causes of their choice. They can highlight the importance of a cause they hold dear, shed a light on a little-known issue, or encourage giving and acts of kindness in general. Of the games that have submitted to CharityGameJam.com by November 30 at 11:59 p.m. PST, our judges will select their favorites and highlight them on 1GAM and G4C’s site on #GivingTuesday. Giving Tuesday LIVE (#GTLive) powered by Just Good, TwitChange and Indie GoGo: #GTLive is a special webcast that will take place from 12-3 pm ET that will feature discussions with Holly Robinson Peete, thought leaders from Indie GoGo, UN Foundation and the TODAY Show, and cause-centric holiday gift ideas. Hosted by Shelton Mercer, CEO, TwitChange, Brian Weinberg, Founder, JustGood and media pro Envy McKee, GTLive will be produced from Benjamin's Desk in Philadelphia, PA and carried worldwide over UStream at givingtuesdaylive.org Jumpstart Labs: A one-of-a-kind mashup of #GivingTuesday and +SocialGood, Faith+GivingTuesday+SocialGood, organized by Jumpstart Labs with partners across the U.S., will highlight the vital role that faith communities play in advancing the common good through philanthropy. Key topics include how to overcome communications gaps, how to advance the effectiveness of religiously motivated giving, and how to ensure that faith-based nonprofits and social innovators have access to a level playing field when it comes to funding and policymaking. Details can be found here . Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts: –Philadelphia - This #GivingTuesday, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts' campus is hosting a "winter gear" drive to benefit Cradles to Crayons. Cradles to Crayons is an organization that provides children from birth to age 12, living in low- income and homeless situations, with the essential items they need to thrive. Cradles to Crayons has a shortage of warm winter gear, so our collection drive is needed and well timed. The Kimmel Center is the only organization participating with Cradles to Crayons for #GivingTuesday and we are proud to work collaboratively with: The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Opera Philadelphia, The Philly Pops, Pennsylvania Ballet, PHILADANCO, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Schusterman Foundation: New York and Los Angeles - The Schusterman Philanthropic Network (SPN) is supporting #GivingTuesday events on both coasts! In New York, SPN is partnering with Natan to host an evening of food, drinks and inspiration with a community of individuals committed to changing the world through giving and doing. This #GivingTuesday Social is where #MakeItPossible meets #MakeItHappen. In Los Angeles, SPN is among the co-sponsors of Faith+GivingTuesday+SocialGood, which will celebrate and explore the vital role that faith communities play in advancing the common good through philanthropy. United Nations Development Programme: New York, UNDP staff will be volunteering around the city in several different neighborhoods. UNDP, working with the City of New York have been working together to find projects that can make a difference in these local communities. Global Activations take Shape around the World In its second year the #GivingTuesday movement is already expanding internationally, with the partnership of the United Nations Development Programme and 15 other countries, citizens around the world are banding together to “get out the give” and celebrate local heroes in their communities. December 3 activities in communities outside the United States include: Australia: Yelp Australia Pacific will be running simultaneous "Giving Shoes Day" events nationwide for the public, ranging from fashion styling workshops to skating and street demos. Entrance to the event will cost a pair of used (but not abused) running shoes that will be donated to Shoes for Planet Earth nationwide. Online custom shoe design store, Shoes of Prey, will be offering a discount voucher for every person who donates a pair of running shoes or $10 on the night. Bangladesh: In Bangladesh, UNDP is focusing on the importance of philanthropy for sustainable development and engaging young people to get involved in their local communities. Following a roundtable on the importance of volunteering and philanthropic action, the UNDP office in Bangladesh will kick off a month long social media campaign using the global hashtag with their own #GivingTuesdayBD. Burundi: In Burundi, doctors and nurses face a near chronic shortage of blood to treat patients. In response, UNDP has organized a blood drive at the UN House in the capital Bujumbura to boost the supply to hospitals and clinics across the country. Additionally, a social media storytelling campaign offering testimony of the event will help spread awareness about the importance of giving blood throughout Burundi and beyond. Canada: This year, with GivingTuesday falling just one day before CIBC Miracle Day, CIBC will launch a one-day Twitter campaign on Tuesday, December 3rd to drive additional corporate donations from CIBC to CIBC Children’s Foundation with the help of retweets. For every retweet of CIBC’s #GivingTuesdayCA tweet on December 3, CIBC will donate $1, up to a maximum of $10,000. Denmark: UNDP Denmark also plans a blood drive in Copenhagen on the 3rd of December to bolster resources for patients in Denmark too. Singapore: For every MasterCard contactless PayPass payment made on 3 December, MasterCard will make a contribution to Singapore Children's Society (SCS). Additionally, internally, MasterCard will also match dollar for dollar all employee donations made to SCS on that, and planning a fun day out for its employees and beneficiaries from SCS. Thailand: The UNDP’s office in Thailand is joining forces with Second Chance , a non-profit organization that works with impoverished residents in Bangkok. It provides goods that are both donated and sold to support vocational training, soccer camps and youth clubs, and also direct donations to improve the lives of those who live in the slums. Venezuela: FIPAN, from Venezuela, celebrates "Volunteer day" on Dec 3rd, 55th anniversary this year. Their aim that day is to highlight the people that GIVE regularly, their volunteers. The List of Partners Continues to Grow More than 6,500 companies and organizations are involved in #GivingTuesday, using the opportunity to activate employees, supporters, and customers around their causes. By making #GivingTuesday their own, this network of partners is helping to create a movement and continues to grow every minute. Some recent additions to this growing list of partners includes: eBay Inc.: From #GivingTuesday through Dec. 31st, PayPal is asking donors to Stamp out Checks…for GOOD by offering everyone a quick, easy and efficient way to give this holiday season. While digital fundraising is on the rise, inefficient donation methods – like checks – are still the norm. Through, StampOutChecks.com, donors can choose from thousands of vetted nonprofits – big and small – to contribute and PayPal will ensure that 100% of each donation reaches the donor’s selected organization. Better yet, PayPal will grow each gift by adding the cost of 12 stamps ($5.52) to each donation made through the platform. To encourage giving beyond the holidays, donors will also be able to sign up for an automated monthly giving tool that makes it easy to make an impact throughout the year. Just as PayPal provides the faster, safer way to pay and get paid, the company is committed to powering giving through fast, safe and easy ways to give. Also keep an eye on eBay Deals: between December 3-7, at least 10% of the proceeds from the sale of some of the season’s hottest gifts will benefit a nonprofit. Google: Google+ and Mashable are partnering to host the first ever live "Hangout-a-thon," a 12-hour event on Google+ that will feature content from a variety of nonprofits, celebrities, and social responsible businesses. Participants will include Neil Blumenthal and Jeff Gilboa (founders of Warby Parker), Chris Daughtry, Sophia Bush, and more. Viewers will also be able to donate to the charity of their choice while watching the Hangout." More information can be found here . Lucky Brand: Lucky Brand has partnered with The Art of Elysium, a non-profit that encourages working artists, actors and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions. Throughout the month of December, more than 200 children who are undergoing serious medical treatment during the holidays will receive custom-created art kits, sponsored by Lucky Brand and donated in-person by our employees at events throughout Los Angeles. Microsoft: This holiday season, Microsoft and Erica Domesek, creator of P.S. – I Made This will host a DIY celebration on #GivingTuesday to show how Microsoft products and services can help “make it possible” for consumers to do the things that matter. The event is designed to drive a connected experience for top LA editors and local nonprofit partners, and involve guests in making a difference. On #GivingTuesday, Microsoft will provide a 1:1 matching donation for gifts on GlobalGiving.org/YouthSpark/Heroes to organizations that provide education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for young people around the world. National Geographic: The National Geographic Society, a global nonprofit with a mission to inspire people to care about the planet, is reminding its millions of members and social media followers that Giving Tuesday is about "Giving to Something Bigger Than Ourselves". Outreach across all of its platforms will encourage support for projects that advance sustainability and conservation, as well as specific efforts like the Big Cat Initative's "Build a Boma" to help save lions. Not For Sale: On #GivingTuesday, international anti-human trafficking organization Not For Sale is launching its first peer-to-peer fundraising initiative as a part of the One Million for Freedom campaign. As part of their partnership with Not for Sale, the following influencers will leverage social media to promote peer to peer fundraising - Jeremy Affeldt (SF Giants), Oliver Trevena (Young Hollywood), Chloe Flower (performing artist), Jeannie Mai (TV host), and Sarah Ferguson (Duchess of York). More information can be found here . PETA: On #GivingTuesday, PETA will promote a link via social media, text and email that takes visitors to the organization’s landing page that has information about PETA’s mission and #GivingTuesday, then presents a $5 ask (as well as other amounts, if one chooses). After the donate page is a landing page with optional share links for Twitter and Facebook, so participants may share how they gave this year. All support raised through our partnership with #GivingTuesday will benefit PETA’s groundbreaking work toward animal rights. UN Volunteers: In the run up to International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 December 2013, UNV will feature 10 Online Volunteering Award Winners on its social networks. The public can vote for their favorite winner which will be announced on IVD. When each Online Volunteering Award Winner is featured, UNV will inspire the world to take similar actions: each post will include a link to online volunteering opportunities in similar thematic areas. UNV will also encourage volunteers around the world to take part in #UNselfie as proof that voluntary action can have a positive impact. Verizon: The Verizon Foundation is focused on accelerating social change by using the company’s innovative technology to help solve pressing problems in education, healthcare and energy management. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live. This holiday season, the Foundation is hosting its second annual Spirit of the Season campaign – a program that gives Verizon employees a voice in determining which global causes to support. Through the campaign, Verizon employees can simply select one of three worthy non-profit organizations -- Teachers Without Borders; the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; the Solar Electric Light Fund -- that matters to them. For each employee vote, the Verizon Foundation will donate $50 to the cause, up to a maximum of $50,000 per organization. At Verizon, giving back during the holiday season has never been easier. #GivingTuesday owes much of its strength to grassroots support from people across America who are taking what has in the past been a private act of giving and going social with it. They are talking to friends, neighbors, colleagues, and family about their passion for their chosen causes. Among the most active supporters are the #GivingTuesday Social Media Ambassadors who are participating in daily activities designed to help them support the movement by encouraging their active social media networks and communities to get involved. Read More