November 24th, 2014
The DeKalb Public Library has joined other area nonprofits for #ILGiveBig, a first of its kind effort in Illinois that will harness 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.
Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #ILGiveBig will inspire Illinois residents to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the causes they support, and help create a better world. Taking place December 2, 2014 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – #ILGiveBig will harness the power of social media to create a state-wide movement around the holidays dedicated to giving – similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are, today, synonymous with holiday shopping.
Inspired by the national giving day movement #GivingTuesday.
Seeing an opportunity to take the national #GivingTuesday movement and channel the generous spirit of the holiday season to inspire action around charitable giving, a group of friends and partners, led by the Donors Forum, came together to find ways to promote and celebrate the great American tradition of giving in Illinois. In this first year of the campaign the goal is to raise $12 million from 100,000 generous Illinois residents on December 2. Donors Forum will be providing social sector organizations with tools, technical assistance, and support to hone their fundraising strategies for the day.
With help from The Coleman Foundation and other founding partners, Donors Forum hopes to see organizations from all over the state join the movement and provide creative ways for people in Illinois to embrace #ILGiveBig and collaborate in their giving efforts to create more meaningful results.
“More than 70% of charitable contributions are made not by foundations, like the Coleman Foundation, but by individuals who sustain non-profit organizations across our state. We look to #ILGiveBig to catalyze non-profits to develop relationships with more donors of the digital age — and to motivate residents of Illinois to connect with the organizations that deliver on their passions“, said Clark McCain, Senior Program Officer at The Coleman Foundation, in regards to the importance of the movement.
On December 2nd, supporters of the library are encouraged to log onto www.dkpl.org and click on the “Donate” button to give towards the library expansion.