#GivingTuesday is an important event so that we can demonstrate to Congress and the Administration the public's support for Baldrige. That is why even small donations and supporting us on social media are of critical importance.
#GivingTuesday is also the opening day of the Giving Season. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are about buying things; #GivingTuesday is about giving back. Since #GivingTuesday was inaugurated in 2012, people have made over 2.5 million individual donations to various charities and nonprofits. We are asking you to be a part of this global movement.
Remember that your gift helps to spread Baldrige to more schools, hospitals, nonprofits, and businesses, and helps to provide quality medical care, better education, and to improve the lives of people in communities across the United States and around the world.
And what do you get in return? We will recognize your generosity by including your name as a supporter in the 2018 Journal of Performance Excellence. But the real motivation ought to be giving because, a little bit at a time, step by step, you will be changing the world for the better. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.”
Help spread the word. Our goals for this #GivingTuesday are to raise at least $15,000 from at least 50 donors, and to expand our social media reach by adding 50 new followers on Twitter (@BaldrigeFDN), 50 new likes of the Baldrige Foundation Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BaldrigeFoundation/), and at least 100 new Instagram followers (@BaldrigeFdn).
Whether you can donate or not, please assist us by following our social media accounts and sharing our #GivingTuesday message with your friends and colleagues.
As a special thank you to the first fifteen people who donate $500 or more on Giving Tuesday, we will send you a copy of Chris Black and B. Jay Cooper's biography of Mac Baldrige: The Cowboy in Reagan's Cabinet, signed by Mac Baldrige's daughter, Molly Baldrige.
On this Giving Tuesday, let's remember those people whose lives are longer, healthier, and more full of opportunity because of 30 years of Baldrige.
And let us give so that tomorrow and the next day and the day after that, Baldrige continues to be a viable enterprise, and continues to change lives.
Thank you for supporting the Baldrige Foundation.