Join in #GivingTuesday in York, Tuesday, Nov. 28

Story by Michael Vyskocil for YRK Magazine

#GivingTuesday is a nationwide event that encourages people around the country to give back on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Founded in 2012 by the people at 92nd Street Y, a cultural center in New York City, #GivingTuesday is a day that has brought people together around the value of making a return for all that we have been given. Five years later, this initiative has become a global movement that has helped connect individuals, communities and organizations.

A large majority of the nonprofits participating in #GivingTuesday receive their largest donations on this day. According to, more than 40,000 nonprofits around the world raised over $168 million on #GivingTuesday in 2016 compared to the $116.7 million raised in 2015, a growth of 44 percent. Each year, the amount raised exceeds the previous year’s amount by double digits. This day has been a great success since its founding with the help of people spreading the word about #GivingTuesday and advocating giving back to our communities by word of mouth and via social media.

Impact of Giving Tuesday in York

Donations allow nonprofits to continually serve the underserved members of our communities with medical, charitable, social, financial, educational and other services. What better way to help serve the organizations that serve our community by giving back to them? This November 28, you can join this charitable movement and take part in #GivingTuesday by giving back to a number of nonprofits in the York community. Every dollar counts and can make a change.

Many nonprofits have set a goal donation amount to achieve for #GivingTuesday. The nonprofit York County History Center (250 E. Market St.) is hoping to raise $2,000 on that day for the fund that will help schools bring their students to York County History Center museums for fun and educational field trips.

York County History Center


Other nonprofits use the occasion to make the public aware of how donors are the lifeblood to their mission and vision. Logos Academy (250 W. King St.) is a Christ-centered education option for children in the City of York. The annual budget is comprised of 90 percent donations. At Logos Academy, two-thirds of the students are in federal poverty, and by receiving an average scholarship of $7,500, students are able to achieve well above the national averages academically. The school can provide students with a meaningful education because of the generosity of donors.

LifePath Christian Ministries is challenging 10,000 donors to contribute $10 each to help the organization reach its goal of $100,000 in its efforts to transform lives in service to the York community.

LifePath Christian Ministries of York

How You Can Spread the Word about #GivingTuesday

Central Market will be hosting a #GivingTuesday event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help increase awareness of the day. Family First Health, Downtown Inc, Bell Socialization Services, Leg Up Farm and the York County Literacy Council are a few of the nonprofits that will be in the market that day to answer questions, spread awareness of services they provide to the community and share how your contributions make a positive impact on their organizations. The organizations will also be participating in the #GivingTuesday #UNSelfieYork Campaign encouraging social media followers to post photos and videos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to show support for the organizations and share why they donated.

Where You Can Donate

Visit the United Way of York County’s website to view a #GivingTuesdayYork page that lists all participating nonprofit organizations in York with direct links to their online donation pages.

Story contributed by Kirsten McWilliams for YRK Magazine

22 Nov