On Tuesday, Nov. 29th, the Memorial Church will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
All gifts received on November 29th will go entirely to support the work of the Memorial Church's Community Grants Program, which awards funds to non-profit charity organizations that serve the communities of Greater Boston.
Last year, 57 organizations received grants from the program, funding a variety of needs including legal and counseling services for recent immigrants and refugees, materials for afterschool enrichment programs for low-income youth, and kitchen supplies and food for local homeless shelters.
The Memorial Church Grants Committee — made up of church parishioners, Harvard students, faculty, and staff — review the January applications for the Community Grants Program, which are then awarded in the spring.
Donations for #GivingTuesday can be made online or by sending a check to The Memorial Church, with "Grants Committee" written in the memo line.
#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give—the 2016 iteration will be held on November 29, 2016. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global movement dedicated to giving around the world.