MANCHESTER — For the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester, participating in Giving Tuesday has become an annual tradition.
This year, the organization is raising money for phase two of its More Kids, Brighter Futures campaign to expand its Union Street Clubhouse to offer more programs, said Diane Fitzpatrick, CEO. The club has a $250,000 matching opportunity by PROCON construction owners Mark and Sally Stebbins to be reached by the end of the year.
“Every year we find a focus and this year with this match we feel like it is the best thing to do to achieve our campaign goal,” she said.
Since 2012, Giving Tuesday, known as a global generosity movement, has kicked off the charitable season after the rush of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Many organizations are working to meet their year-end fundraising goals and people are looking to give in order to receive tax benefits.
Last year, the movement raised $400 million through $3.6 million online gifts. The movement drew up 14.2 billion impressions on social media from people and organizations speaking up for the causes that matter to them and encouraging others to get involved.
“Giving Tuesday inspires people all around the world to embrace their power to drive progress around the causes they care about, not just on one day but throughout the year.” said Asha Curran, GivingTuesday’s CEO and co-founder, in a news release. “With country and community leaders, millions of organizations, and countless givers of all kinds, Giving Tuesday is creating a shared space where we can see the radical implications of a more generous world.”
The Boys & Girls Club hopes to break ground on a new 4,700-square-feet addition multi-purpose space in the spring. The project will help increase the number of children served from 4,000 to 6,000, or 30%, according to the organization.
“Presently we are not able to service kindergarten in the afternoon only in the mornings, so we need more room,” Fitzpatrick said.
The total project, which included the newly refurbished Camp Foster in Bedford, is expected to cost $5.85 million.
Giving Tuesday is also about donating goods, volunteering, acts of kindness and giving a voice to important issues, according to the organization.
“People think of philanthropy as only for the wealthy, but it’s not true,” Fitzpatrick said. “Philanthropy is the art of giving oneself through volunteerism and donations. Every dollar makes a difference and when you invest in a nonprofit like the Boys & Girls Club you are a part of that.”
For 60 years, The Union Leader Santa Fund has supported The Salvation Army. Santa Fund dollars provide warm clothing, meals and toys for local families during the holidays, as well as support for Kids’ Café, summer camps and other critical programs and community services.
Santa Fund donations can be made online at www.unionleader.com/santafund.
To donate to the Boys & Girls Club go to mbgcnh.org/donatenow.