It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday and we couldn’t be more excited here at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City!
By now you’ve probably eaten through all of your Thanksgiving leftovers, caught up on your favorite TV shows, rejoiced in your Black Friday steals, and strung out a few Christmas decorations.
But, have you made a plan to support your favorite nonprofit on Giving Tuesday?
Don’t worry, there’s still time to devise a plan for your giving!
Giving Tuesday is a national holiday devoted entirely to charitable giving that encourages nonprofits to harness the power of their social media following in order to raise dollars to support their missions.
That’s right. One whole day devoted to charitable giving and it’s giving us ALL the feels here at BBBSKC!
This year, we’re participating in our first-ever Giving Tuesday campaign and we’ve set an ambitious goal for ourselves. We’re planning to raise $40,000 in just 24 hours and we need your help to get there!
As some of you may already know, we create life-changing friendships for children in the Kansas City metro area, from one-parent and non-traditional households, who are in need of a caring adult mentor. This group of children makes up about 25% of the school-age population in KC (roughly 80,000 kids,) but also account for 90% of high school dropouts, 60% of teen suicides, and 90% of juvenile court cases. This destructive cycle is a reality for the kids we serve, but we know that a positive adult mentor can help make all the difference for these children. So, tomorrow, we’re determined to #BreaktheCycle for our Littles and we’re hoping we can count on your support!
There are several ways you can support our campaign, but of course, the most important thing you can do is make a charitable donation. And you can rest assured your dollars will go a long way in helping to #BreaktheCycle for kids in Kansas City -- we’ve even got the facts to back it up. After being matched with a Big:
75% of littles are more likely to graduate high school
84% of Littles report having a higher self-esteem
less than 3% of littles have any juvenile history
And, as an added bonus, giving can actually make YOU feel good. Yep, you read that right. According to a Harvard Business school study, “happier people give more and giving makes people happier." You give, you help match more kids with Bigs, and you feel good in return for making a lasting impact in the life of a child who needs it.
Other than making a personal contribution, there are tons of other ways you can get involved in our campaign tomorrow:
Ask your family, friends, and coworkers to consider making a personal donation.
Share a message on your social media platforms about our campaign. Give us a follow at @BBBSKC or ‘Like’ us on Facebook at ‘Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City’ to help share our messages throughout the day.
Create your own Giving Tuesday fundraiser in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters on Facebook. Click here for our fancy how-to guide.
Above all, we want you to feel connected to what we are doing. And we want you to spread the word about our mission.
A few nights ago I was chatting with my Little Sister, Kymoni, about the meaning of Giving Tuesday and why it was important for Big Brothers Big Sisters to raise as much money as we can to help match more children with Bigs. (Spoiler alert: She’s featured in a super cute video below and I dare you not to smile while she cheeses it up for the camera!)
Anyway, we were talking and I asked her what she would tell someone who was thinking about making a donation to BBBSKC on Giving Tuesday. Her response: “Oh, they should definitely do it so more kids can get Bigs like me.”
I asked her why she loved being my Little Sister so much and she immediately responded, “Because being your Little Sister is fun! You love me and I love you back and we will always be sisters.”
We will always be sisters. Oh, my heart.
Suddenly it dawned on me. It didn’t matter to Kymoni if each and every time we hung out we had some life-changing experience together. She just wants a Big Sister that will love her, listen to her, help her make good decisions, and occasionally let her eat candy before dinner.
We will always be sisters. And that’s life-changing enough for the both of us.
If you’ve had a positive mentor in your life, just imagine what your life might look like if never had their guidance, support, and encouragement. Would you have made a few bad decisions that could’ve led you down the wrong path? I know I could have.
Now think about the children who are growing up in Kansas City without a mother or a father or any kind of mentor at all. Who will support these children and help them realize their full potential?
It’s time for us to join together and help match these kiddos with a mentor who can help positively influence their life. It’s time to #BreaktheCycle of kids who are dropping out of high school, committing suicide, or experiencing contact with the juvenile court system.
Can we count on you to help #BreaktheCycle? Join us now!