The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. With the objective of raising funds to benefit student scholarships, the day of giving will occur this year on November 29.
#GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
“It is our goal to participate in a variety of philanthropic activities to benefit students attending UAPB,” said Dr. Margaret Martin-Hall, director of University Relations and Development. “Though every Tuesday is a recognized day for giving, November 29, 2016, is a global day and we wanted to get our alumni and friends involved. Scholarships are a critical need at UAPB. We hope our alumni and friends will make an investment in our students on Giving Tuesday.”
In 2015, the fourth year of the movement, #GivingTuesday brought together over 45,000 partners in 71 countries and helped raise nearly $117 Million online in the US alone.
“We have been incredibly inspired by the generosity in time, efforts and ideas that have brought our concept for a worldwide movement into reality,” said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday and executive director of 92Y. “As we embark on our fifth year of #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged by the early response from partners eager to continue making an impact in this global conversation.”
Those who are interested in joining UAPB’s #GivingTuesday initiative can give online at www.uapb.edu/givingtuesday, by phone at (870) 575-8701, or by Check or Money Order (Make payable to “UAPB Foundation Fund” and mail to the Office of Development, 1200 North University Drive, Mail Slot 4981, Pine Bluff, AR 71601).