National Giving Month December 2021…Our Universal Celebration is excerpted from a recent interview I had with Jimmy LaRose, head of the National Giving Month Initiative, LaRose shared , “Did you know that neither Congress nor the Executive Branch has officially dedicated any of our twelve months to acts of volunteerism or charitable giving? December provides us a very special opportunity to celebrate those individuals, groups and organizations who invest their lives in charity.” I agree with Jimmy and share his belief that nonprofits provide critical relief to the hurting, hungry and helpless, develop support for much needed social reforms and improve every aspect of civil society including health, the arts and education. These “impact” organizations encourage civic engagement and challenge our citizens to implement heroic missions of scale that transform our communities. I’m pleased to share LaRose is working with our U.S. Senators, Congressman and the White House to offer a legislative resolution proclaiming December to be National Giving Month.
VISIT HERE to sign the proclamation.
What Happens During the Month of December?
• LAST YEAR AMERICANS GAVE $410.2 BILLION TO CHARITY (BREAKING ALL PREVIOUS RECORDS)
• ONE THIRD (31%) OF ANNUAL GIVING OCCURS IN DECEMBER
• 12% OF ALL GIVING HAPPENS IN THE LAST THREE DAYS OF THE YEAR
• 28% OF NONPROFITS RAISE AS MUCH AS 50% OF THEIR FUNDING IN DECEMBER
American’s generosity demonstrates that even in divisive times our commitment to charity is secure. Charitable giving increases each year, signaling that our friends give according to their beliefs and interests, which are both diverse and wide-ranging.
National Giving Month December 2021…Our Universal Moment
LaRose went on to share, December is a month that is recognized for its holy observances such as Hanukkah and Christmas. In Christian tradition, it is the time that marks the birth of Jesus Christ and revolves around the concept of giving and spreading joy. The concept of giving gifts was formed around the 15th century as Christmas was seen as a holiday that focused on friends and family. Over the years, the month of Christmas has become a universal time for giving and also serves as a reminder of the history of Christmas. According to the historic narrative, Jesus who himself is considered God’s gift to mankind, received the gifts of frankincense, gold, and myrrh when he was born.
This concept furthermore evolved into a yearly visit from Santa Claus — the magical individual who would bring gifts in December to those who were good throughout the year. Thus, every year during December, people began to perform good deeds to earn a clean record. After all, no one wants to be labeled as ‘bad’ by Santa! The good deeds performed by people near Christmas time include charity donations and helping the poor since Jesus is known for the aid he often offered to those around him. This is why, over the years, December has become a month where people continue to observe the Christmas traditions and spread happiness during the holiday time. Numerous Americans also hold on to their donations until December. This is why many nonprofits raise over 50% of their entire funding in the last month of the year.
Sign the Proclamation:
American’s of all walks of life are volunteering their time and giving of their resources to improve lives and the quality of living of others. Please take a few moments to add your endorsement VISIT HERE TO SIGN THE PROCLAMATION because so that December officially becomes National Giving Month. Sign today and make the world a better place.
DECEMBER IS NATIONAL GIVING MONTH (NGM)
Whereas: NGM celebrates Americans at their best by acknowledging the generosity and volunteerism that unites people of all ideologies during the month of December.
Whereas: NGM recognizes America’s champions who tend to the unmet human, educational. health, environmental and public needs of our communities.
Whereas: NGM promotes a strong and vibrant charitable and philanthropic sector ensuring all Americans experience life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Whereas: NGM celebrates donors, volunteers, corporations, foundations and organizations who financially invest in the local, state and national challenges before us.
Whereas: NGM encourages the nonprofit sector to solve the socio-economic challenges that ensure every man, woman and child can pursue the American dream.
Whereas: NGM highlights civic responsibility and the spirit of community and service through shared values that transcend race, religion, gender, age, disability, region, income and education.
Therefore: I, [Your Name] do request that December be celebrated as National Giving Month. I call upon all Americans to commemorate this period by observing appropriate programs and activities and to celebrate National Giving Month by sharing one’s time and resources through the charitable community.
In Your Service,
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