CHAUTAUQUA - On Tuesday,Chautauqua Institution joins other community non-profit organizations in a national movement that celebrates giving and encourages more, better and smarter giving during the holiday season.
#GivingTuesday brings together charities, families, businesses, community centers, students, retailers and more 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, #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their communities.
In 2012, there were more than 2,500 recognized #GivingTuesday partners from all 50 states, and more than 50 million people worldwide spread the word, resulting in milestone trending on Twitter.
In 2013, more than 7,250 groups have already become partners in this movement.
"There are only a handful of non-profit organizations in our region that are currently participating, but there is an opportunity on Giving Tuesday for greater awareness about the crucial role of all the civic, arts and human service agencies that enrich life here in Chautauqua County," said Matt Ewalt, director of communications for Chautauqua Institution.
Geof Follansbee, CEO of the Chautauqua Foundation, said Chautauqua is excited to partner with #GivingTuesday.
"The Giving Tuesday movement epitomizes the spirit of Chautauqua Institution, which is one of engagement," Follansbee said. "Those who gather on the Chautauqua grounds each summer participate in an increasingly rare forum for the respectful exchange of divergent ideas with the hope of bringing that experience back home to effect change in their communities."
The Institution brings over 100,000 people each summer to Chautauqua County and engages in cooperative efforts throughout the year to make a local impact - from environmental projects related to the health of Chautauqua Lake to employing approximately 1,500 area young people, local artists, performers and teachers during the summer.
Members of Chautauqua Institution's year-round staff are actively involved across the county on the boards of local arts and community organizations. The Institu-tion's facilities and grounds are also utilized year-round for community events, including fundraising for the United Way, the Chautauqua County Humane Society's "Walk 4 Paws," and the Chautauqua Golf Club Pro-Amateur Tournament, which benefits the Chautauqua Blind Association.
As a special incentive for those making a gift to Chautauqua's annual fund on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 3, an anonymous donor will match 100 percent of gifts to the fund totaling up to $5,000. Those who are interested in joining Chautauqua Institution's #GivingTuesday initiative can visit ciweb.org/giving-tuesday.