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The holiday season is right away the corner; a time for family, celebration, giving thanks and gift giving. During the holiday season, we would like to give thanks. Thank you to all of our 4-H supporters, 4-H members, 4-H volunteers and 4-H staff for helping us “Make the Best Better” for Iowa 4-H year-round.

The beginning of the holiday season is quickly approaching… Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Cyber Monday….but have you heard about the latest day to celebrate, #GivingTuesday?

What is #GivingTuesday? #GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give. It will culminate with a global day of giving on December 3, 2013. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners— charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a global moment that is dedicated to giving around the world.

A team of recognized experts and influencers, initially convened by leaders of 92nd Street Y and supported by a core group of founding partners, originally spearheaded this effort. Leaders in philanthropy, social media, innovative giving, grassroots organizing, marketing and communications are providing counsel and resources to help build this movement. Their mission is:  “#GivingTuesday™ is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.”

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been named Giving Tuesday, the day for individuals and organizations to give back to nonprofits. #GivingTuesday looks to partner with registered charity 501(c)3 organizations with a  #GivingTuesday initiative or a for-profit business , school or group looking to benefit at least one 501(c)3 organization.

Mark your calendars for December 3, 2013 for the national day of giving!!! We, the Iowa 4-H Foundation, are happy to announce that we have joined the revolution and will participate in #GivingTuesday.

The Iowa 4-H Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization funding opportunities for Iowa’s 4-H Youth. The Iowa 4-H Foundation provides funds for many of the opportunities – the events, programs and activities – that allow young people to experience the benefits of 4-H. The opportunities we help provide to young people enhance their ability to use critical thinking, leadership, communication, and social skills – tools that will give them a competitive edge in their future endeavors.

The 4-H Foundation also provides funds for the financial help that 4-H’ers need in order to participate in many of these opportunities. These funds range from partial funding to attend a 4-H camp or a full-tuition college scholarship!

The 4-H Foundation also provides funds for overall support of the 4-H Youth Development Program, helping support volunteer recruitment and training, marketing and promotions for membership recruitment and the creation of new program partnerships, and support for program leadership, strategic planning and endowments for the future.

Thank you for your support of Iowa 4-H and the Iowa 4-H Foundation!

To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit:




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