It’s that time of year!
In between all of the family gatherings and shopping madness of the holiday season lies #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and generosity.
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many organizations focus on holiday and end-of-year giving. Just last year, more than 700,000 people participated in #GivingTuesday to raise $116M worldwide! Continue reading Are You Ready for #GivingTuesday?
This is a guest post written by Summer Search alumnus Edgar Garcia, who recently produced the video below for our National Alumni Matching Gift Challenge. Edgar is a freelance video producer. More information about his work can be found on his website.
My name is Edgar Garcia. I am a 2006 Summer Search alumnus and I produced the video you just watched. It will be distributed throughout the National Alumni Network to promote this unique opportunity for Summer Search. Not only did I get to work on this video, but I’ve also had the pleasure of being involved in many other great projects for Summer Search. Continue reading Behind the Camera, Giving Back
2015 has not only been our 25th anniversary year, but it also has been a record-breaking year for alumni giving. In fact, alumni philanthropy has skyrocketed more than 75% in the last year. Nearly 200 alumni have collectively contributed more than $123,000, exceeding six figures for the first time ever.
One alumna, Cicely Li from San Francisco, shared her own Summer Search journey and why supporting the journeys of more students can make all the difference:
Continue reading Cicely’s Journey
“ICYMI” is the hip, social-media-shortened way to say “in case you missed it,” FYI.
So, ICYMI, we have been talking about giving. A lot. After all, ’tis the season! #SeasonOfGiving
Continue reading ICYMI: Tommy Gives Back
‘Tis the season for giving thanks!
Here at Summer Search, we love saying “thank you.” In fact, one of our core values is to “say ‘Thank You’ seven times.”
But why seven times? This concept came from our founder Linda Mornell, who never asked for more support until she said “thank you,” seven times. So, while this idea was initially conceived as a fundraising tactic, it has inspired an organizational-wide culture of gratitude.
In that spirit, here are seven messages of thanks, from seven great, and grateful, Summer Searchers. #ThankYouX7
Continue reading Thank You x7
The holidays are approaching, fast! As you plan out your Thanksgiving Day gatherings and prepare for the retail shopping onslaught of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, consider marking one additional day on your calendar — December 1, 2015: #GivingTuesday.
Continue reading Share Your Giving Story
Guest post written by Seth James Ellis, Summer Search’s National Director of Alumni Relations and Development.
Seth, pictured here fourth from the left.
The quintessential role of alumni networks — from those at colleges and universities, to large corporations or small nonprofits — is to create lifelong and mutually beneficial relationships between the organization and its alumni.
Continue reading Summer Search Alumni: Giving Back