#HarfordCountyGives arose from the desire to coordinate annual #GivingTuesday efforts into a locally focused, year-round initiative. Our focus is to help Harford nonprofits optimize their efforts for fundraising and finding volunteers — and mobilize local business to support causes that resonate with them.
This effort will harness the collective power of all that is Harford County — nonprofits, businesses and corporations, military, schools, religious organizations, clubs, families and individuals to:
- transform how people in Harford County think about, talk about and participate in philanthropy
- create a community culture of giving; not just money – time, talent, blood, canned goods, anything
- give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes that resonate with us, as individuals or organizations
- make the connections that people with ideas for giving campaigns need to make
- harness the power of social media to promote what Harford County does in the spirit of giving.
IDEAS FOR BUSINESSES
- Launch a special campaign to support your favorite cause
- Partner with major philanthropic media channels and aggregators
- Match your employees’ donations on #GivingTuesday; or as an ongoing #HarfordCountyGives effort
- Commit a portion of proceeds on #GivingTuesday to your favorite cause; or as an ongoing #HarfordCountyGives effort
- Create a volunteering initiative
- Offer your community the chance to add a donation to their purchase
- Announce a major donation or new initiative
- Partner with shops to donate a portion of sales to a charity on #GivingTuesday; or as an ongoing #HarfordCountyGives effort
- Organize a local toy drive, consignment sale or holiday goods sale to raise money and goods
- Allow for employees to have small donations withdrawn from pay checks
- Organize a holiday bake sale with proceeds benefiting a local charity
- Restaurants — Promote your fundraising nights on our calendar — and promote availability of potential fundraising night dates
IDEAS FOR NONPROFITS
- Get creative! You could rebrand #HarfordCountyGives for your organization. From #HarfordCountyGivesCoats to #HarfordCountyBakes, give a twist to our name to promote your brand and mission.
- Did you know many donors work at companies that double the donations made by employees? Encourage your donors to submit matching gift requests.
- Use social media to launch a new fundraising or awareness campaign. Use the #HarfordCountyGives hashtag early and often on Twitter. Your constituents should know that you are part of this movement.
- Integrate #HarfordCountyGives and #GivingTuesday into your end-of- year campaign. Use this day to experiment and try a new strategy to close those end of year gifts.
- Ask a board member or sponsor to put up a matching gift. You can use this to incentivize new or larger donations or to kick-off your end-of-year campaign.
- Consider trying mobile or online giving. #GivingTuesday is a great day to engage your online community and transform followers and fans into donors.
- Organize a volunteer project for your organization. Invite donors, employees and your neighbors to get together to celebrate giving by creating a day of service.
- Share your story! Reach out to press outlets in your community and spread the word by sharing your story with us here! Feel free to use our sample press release to pitch your story.
- Obtain skilled volunteers. Nonprofits can access professional expertise in HR, technology, strategic planning, and marketing through skilled volunteering.
IDEAS FOR SCHOOLS
GET YOUR CAMPUS INVOLVED IN #HarfordCountyGives!
Here are some tips to learn how students, teachers, teams and clubs can lead #HarfordCountyGives initiatives for their schools:
- Launch a school-wide giving day. On #GivingTuesday, the University of Michigan launched #GivingBlueDay as the university’s first online giving campaign. The day raised more the $3.2 Million for the school and helped build excitement amongst students and alumni.
- Utilize social media to promote #HarfordCountyGives to highlight your cause – encourage fellow students to take action to support something they care about.
- Appoint #HarfordCountyGives student ambassadors at the beginning of the semester to help bring together existing groups to promote #HarfordCountyGives on campus.
- Host an on-campus volunteer fair on #HarfordCountyGives for student groups and potential nonprofit employers.
- Organize a blood drive, clothing or book drive, or another giving activity on your campus.
- Engage parents and alumni.
- Engage professors and start a discussion about philanthropy and volunteerism, and what students would like to see more of on campus relating to giving.
- Present an award to a student leader for efforts with #HarfordCountyGives.
- Contact your department dean and ask about pro bono projects for students.
IDEAS FOR RELIGiOUS ORGANIZATIONS
Did you know that religious organizations received 40% of all donations on #HarfordCountyGives? It is a great opportunity to engage constituents with the service work you do during the holidays and throughout the year.
- Create a toolkit to share with your organization’s branches to spread the word about your mission and to fundraise for service projects. Remember to share what you are doing on social media using hashtag #HarfordCountyGives!
- Organize a community-wide event on #GivingTuesday to unite your constituents and engage them in giving or volunteering.
- Create a holiday gift wish list for your parishioners and constituents to purchase gifts for others in need.
- Get the head of your church or organization to dedicate a sermon to giving the week of #GivingTuesday.
- Secure a matching grant and ask constituents to double the impact of their gift by supporting your organization’s service work.
- Host a donation or goods drive to collect goods to donate to those in need.
- Use #GivingTuesday to kick-off a longer holiday celebration that teaches your community about service opportunities and how they can give in December.
- Organize a community event at your center for worship to talk about philanthropy and the importance of helping others.
IDEAS FOR FAMILIES
It’s never too early to talk to your kids about philanthropy. Here’s some ideas for how you can get your family involved in #HarfordCountyGives:
- Ask your children to select a toy or gift to donate to charity to give to children in need.
- Volunteer with your teens in the local community.
- Use the Family Dinner Project toolkit to talk to your kids about giving back at family dinner. Work together to brainstorm ideas for how your family can help others.
- Hold a neighborhood yard or bake sale and donate proceeds to an organization of your choice on #GivingTuesday.
- Help your kids collect spare change or donate part of their allowance to a charity fund once per week. Work with them on researching causes and charities and select a nonprofit to donate the funds to at the end of the month.
- Ask your kids what they are thankful for and encourage them to say thank you by doing something kind for others.
- Make a family challenge to have each family member to at least one act of kindness per day. Help with your siblings’ chores. Open the door for a neighbor. Do one small act a day to make a difference
HOW CAN WE SPREAD THE WORD ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
- Talk about giving using the hashtag #HarfordCountyGives
- Join us on Facebook
- Share all of our social media channels in your organizational and personal social networks
- Announce your participation in #HarfordCountyGives to your networks and email lists
- Use the #HarfordCountyGives hashtag to talk about how you are giving and why