NH charities ready for 'Giving Tuesday'

Staff report November 26. 2017 11:19PM

MANCHESTER — Granite United Way is focusing its efforts for the sixth year of GivingTuesday by raising funds to give books to needy children. Meanwhile Monadnock United Way hopes it can raise $10,000 for children’s programs in its region, primed by a $5,000 potential matching donation.

There are thousands of charities nationwide working to raise awareness about Giving Tuesday, which follows some of the largest, retail shopping days of the year.

At least 265 charities in New Hampshire — including arts organizations, social service agencies and faith-based nonprofits — are participating, according to givingtuesday.org, which offers a search tool to find participating charities as well as their website addresses.

“#GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving,” givingtuesday.org says on its website.

Granite United Way’s campaign is one example.

“Our team of staff and #GivingTuesday ambassadors are excited about putting books in kids’ hands again this year with our #NewYearNewChapter campaign,” said Patrick Tufts, president and CEO of Granite United Way. “Once again, we are utilizing a text-to-give option during #GivingTuesday that will help bring books to children across the footprint.”

This year’s Granite United Way event will include a reading relay at local child care centers and schools in which donors to this #GivingTuesday effort can sponsor Granite State United Way’s ambassadors as they are reading to children.

Granite United Way’s theme is #NewYearNewChapter and dollars raised will be used to purchase and distribute books to children throughout social service agencies that are part of the state United Way and will support their other efforts to promote literacy and reading.

Anyone can donate by texting GIVE2GUW to 41444 or follow this link: igfn.us/f/12lz/n.

Monadnock United Way hopes to raise $5,000 on Giving Tuesday, which could net the nonprofit $10,000.

“Plus thanks to a generous ‘challenge grant’ from an anonymous donor, that $5,000 could be doubled,” the nonprofit said in a release.

“The money raised on #GivingTuesday, combined with the challenge grant, will help Monadnock United Way, and their funded partners, fight for children, education, and financial stability in each of the 36 towns across the Monadnock region.”

That effort can be supported at www.firstgiving.com.comMonadnockUnitedWay/2017-muw-givingtuesday.


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