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The Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Da Vinci Science Center are working to make #GivingTuesday a permanent part of the region’s holiday calendar.
#GivingTuesday is an initiative started in 2012 to remind people about the importance of philanthropic giving during the winter holiday season. Held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the event follows the shopping days known popularly as Black Friday and Cyber Monday. People are encouraged to make contributions to nonprofit organizations and make their gifts known on social media platforms by using the hashtag #GivingTuesday.
The Da Vinci Science Center has led an effort by AFP chapter members to support and promote this year’s #GivingTuesday on Dec. 2, 2014. Nearly 50 organizations have joined the #GivingTuesdayLehighValley effort in advance this year’s event. #GivingTuesdayLehighValley plans to expand its efforts in 2015 after working to establish greater awareness of the movement this year.
Da Vinci Science Center Director of Advancement and Community Relations Judy Belaires, CFRE, who has served the Center for 11 years, is the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter’s President-Elect.
The Da Vinci Science Center is encouraging its fans to make a gift to its Annual Fund for #GivingTuesday on Dec. 2. The Center’s Annual Fund supports the independent nonprofit organization’s operations, including the exhibits and programs that bring science to life and lives to science for approximately 120,000 people annually.
Tax-deductible #GivingTuesday contributions to the Da Vinci Science Center Annual Fund can be made safely and quickly with a major credit card on the web at davincisciencecenter.org/givingtuesday.
“Gifts to the Da Vinci Science Center allow us to bring inspiring, high-quality experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – the STEM subjects – to students who could not access them any other way,” said Lin Erickson, the Center’s Executive Director and CEO. “While we are fortunate to support a good deal of our operations through admission, memberships, and visitor revenue, philanthropic support empowers us to touch the lives of so many more talented young minds who will shape our future.”