Performing Dance Arts Announces Pyjama & Book Drive

Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) November 24, 2014

Performing Dance Arts (, Toronto’s leading dance studio for children of all skill levels, is announcing its 2014 holiday pyjama and storybook drive. Donations will be made to Yellowbrick House and Pathways, two charities based in York Region.

“It’s a fun way to make a difference for the holidays,” says Ashley Daychak, artistic director at Performing Dance Arts. “Kids get so much more than just dance lessons at our studios and this is one of those times we can really teach them about the importance of giving while still keeping things light.”

From December 8–13, Performing Dance Arts encourages all their student dancers to come to their dance lessons dressed in their favourite pyjamas. They’ll have an opportunity to donate pyjamas and a children’s storybook during that week, while still learning some new dance moves.

“We already have labelled bags at our dance studio in Maple,” Daychak continues. “Our students can drop the bag of pyjamas off with an appropriate storybook for a boy or girl as indicated on the label. We’ll then donate the items to both charities we’ve partnered with.”

Daychak says that the pyjama and book drive is in response to those kids who maybe haven’t had a bedtime story read to them by a caring adult in their lives.

“So many of us have vivid memories of putting on our PJs and having our parents read to us as we fall asleep,” says Daychak. “Organizing this pyjama drive is just a small gesture from all of us at Performing Dance Arts to offer less fortunate children a piece of what many of us have experienced growing up.”

Daychak is confident they’ll have a great response from their dance students in supporting this pyjama drive and is excited to be working with both Yellowbrick House and Pathways in helping to bring some joy to children this holiday season.

Performing Dance Arts has been conducting dance lessons in Maple for more than two decades. Children of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Contact Performing Dance Arts today for more information on their dance lessons or December pyjama and book drive.

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The Role Of Charity Institutions To Cable Tv Providers

A lot of institutions out there are allowed to donate something for those who were affected. As a result, it will give benefits to them. There are no more options for a person like you to seek medical attention. Instead you need to approach these charity institutions to ask for some help. Don’t expect them to give money to anyone. They rather receive money from all kinds of people, especially food and water. Best of all, they might give you some opportunities as well. A scary event has affected thousands of people around the world, and it’s a big surprise like no other. It means there are lots of people who are homeless and could have died in the serious calamity.

In most countries worldwide, it’s like we are united as one community to help each other out. The proceedings will be given to an institution where charity takes place. It will be a big help for the ones who are affected. These institutions are a big help for all kinds of people, as we unite with one another. This kind of institution is considered to be a non-profit organization for all people. However, it does not stop us from helping them. There are companies like Jollibee and other restaurants who were willing to help and contribute to the community, in case a tragic event has happened.

The same thing goes to the biggest flood event in Australia. In order to have lots of donations, businesses and familiar icons around the world are willing to help the affected. It needs them to donate some of their own property like money, food, clothes and other valuable things. This is where unity has started, especially for business firms like cable TV. Speaking of cable TV, is it possible that they can also help the ones in need? Cable, satellite and digital TV companies were having the same purpose, which is to entertain a lot of customers or subscribers. However, they do have a heart and passion to help the ones who are affected in the tragic event.

There is no such thing that a company might refuse to give something, in order to help the poor and the ones who suffered. It’s where cable TV rules the competition, especially in terms of entertaining the affected citizens. This can also be applied to the ones who are sick, especially in the deadly sickness called cholera. During the most popular outbreak of H1N1 virus, these institutions forced themselves to give good treatment with others. These institutions are beginning to receive a lot of donations or contributions from different business firms.

Some of them are fast food restaurants, 5-star hotels, real estate companies and the like. For cable television providers, they can donate bundle packages to their customers or subscribers. One TV set is good enough for a customer or subscriber, only if it’s available. They are considered to be one of the most entertaining appliances in your area. You can expect that more features and benefits will appear to various subscribers. Not only it gives them pure entertainment, but it also provide excitement and laughter to all of us. It is true that when we give instead of receiving, you might have great feelings for yourself. I’m pretty sure that the ones who are affected will appreciate the things you have done, especially in providing them the best service ever.

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Dragonfly Yoga Donates To Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Cup Charity Auction

Richmond, VA (PRWEB) November 18, 2014

Dragonfly™ Yoga, LLC (, a Richmond-based manufacturer of professional-grade eco-minded performance yoga gear is pleased to announce participating in Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Cup charity auction. The past two charity events have raised over $ 2 million dollars. Beneficiaries include Virgin Unite and the National Tennis Foundation. Winning bidders will receive the ultimate Dragonfly Yoga collection including high performance mats, props, and their entire apparel line valued at over $ 705.

Dragonfly Yoga’s values are aligned with Virgin Unite by helping create meaningful opportunities for young people to build Bigger Futures through counseling, education, employment training and support. In only a short time, Virgin Unite has helped to provide support and emergency services for some 40,000 young people in need.

Top professional tennis players have embraced yoga not only to improve their flexibility, strength, and balance but also for the mental edge through mind calming techniques and breath control. Ken Hammond, Marketing Director for Dragonfly, sees the worldwide tennis industry as a growing and complimentary market for their high performance yoga accessories.

Dragonfly Yoga is available through select Lord and Taylor, Eastern Mountain Sports, and Sport Chalet retail locations and through online giants such as,,,, and Thanks to competitive pricing, finest quality materials, and utilitarian products that are backed by yoga teachers and students alike, Dragonfly products are quickly becoming the yoga brand of choice.

Dragonfly Yoga is owned and operated by Shockoe Commerce Group, LLC: a growing e-commerce retailer and leading supplier within the attractive and growing yoga and fitness market. Shockoe Commerce also owns and operates the internet’s best yoga wholesalers: Yoga Accessories ( and Yoga Direct ( Shockoe Commerce Group supports a healthy, active lifestyle by primarily supplying yoga, meditation, spiritual, food and beverage and wellness products to customers in the U.S. and internationally.

About Dragonfly

Dragonfly Yoga was built from the ground up by a team of yogis and aficionados looking to create a line of yoga products tailored to solve performance-related problems that arise when standard products are used. Dragonfly has its roots in serving the yoga community for 14 years by providing a wide range of wholesale yoga and fitness gear, accessories and apparel. We combine this experience with a shared working knowledge of the yogic lifestyle and the expertise of our ambassador network to create performance products that are also earth friendly. Our motto ‘Performance Redefined’ comes from the innovative approach that we take in building our products. Without compromising on quality and effectiveness, we integrate eco-friendly themes into both product composition and the manufacturing process to lessen our environmental footprint. Dragonfly Yoga proudly sells professional-grade yoga mats, clothing, props and fitness accessories guaranteed to fit you and your practice.

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James Insurance Agency and Nonprofit Covenant House Initiate New Charity Campaign in Louisiana And Mississippi to Raise Awareness For Homeless Youth

New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) November 14, 2014

With a new community program in Mississippi and Louisiana, James Insurance Agency once again joined the efforts of Covenant House of New Orleans, and announced a new charity campaign to raise funds to support and provide a safe haven for at-risk youth. Steven James, agency owner, will be taking part in Sleep Out for Kids to help bring awareness to homeless youth. The experience consists of sleeping in the streets for one night, on November 20th, and experiencing once what many children and young adults face every day and night. The agency is also raising monetary donations, which can now be made at

Utilizing its own resources and seeking the help of its own network of customers and business partners, James Insurance Agency marches on to ensure customers, friends, family and neighbors are always in good hands. The agency just recently launched the master charity program of which the current campaign is part of, electing every 60 days a new individual, organization or family in need to receive support.

“I am sleeping out as an expression of solidarity with nearly one million homeless youth across the nation and here in New Orleans. It will be dark. It will be tough. But for one night, I can give up the comforts of home knowing it can bring warmth and hope to young people who need it most,” said Steven James, the Agency’s principal.

The agency will continue to promote this worthy cause even past the Sleep Out for Kids event through its social media channels, email and text message communications, as well as through a monthly magazine, delivered to thousands of households in Mississippi, where the agency currently operates. Our Hometown magazine reserves a full page to feature the details of the cause. The electronic Flipbook version of the current issue can be accessed here: .

To join James Insurance Agency in supporting homeless youth, donors are encouraged to visit and also share the page with friends and family. Contributors may be acknowledged for their donations through the agency’s monthly magazine.

Once the current campaign is over, James Insurance Agency will continue to work closely with Covenant House and other nonprofit organizations in the area, to make sure resources are directed to capable hands that can help better the local community, one family or person at a time. Information regarding past and current campaigns supported by the Agency can be found at More information about James Insurance Agency is available at

About James Insurance Agency

As a Personal Financial Representative in Jackson, Steven James, Agency owner, knows many local families. His knowledge and understanding of the people in his community help him provide customers with an outstanding level of service. He and his team look forward to helping families protect the things that are important – their family, home, car and more. They can also help people prepare a strategy to achieve their financial goals. To contact an expert at James Insurance Agency, call (601) 982.3336.

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Sim Shalom Online Synagogue Introduces a Virtual “Tree of Life”

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 03, 2014

The Sim Shalom Online Synagogue has created and implemented a virtual “Tree Of Life” for its growing congregation. This centuries-old symbol can be utilized for a panoply of contemporary announcements – including yahrtzeits, deaths, weddings, anniversaries, births, and b’nai mitzvoth;

The Sim Shalom Tree of Life is dedicated to the memory of Ernest Anisz (Yitzchak ben Yehuda) and Naomi Anisz (Naomi Leah bat Iona Pezl) z”l. A leaf on the Sim Shalom can be purchased for $ 36. In addition to listing names you can include a photo and brief bio about the memorialized person. Leaves may be used to honor the dead as well as to celebrate joyful occasions.

“The Tree of Life is a timeless and benevolent image in our faith, and also has deep-seated relevance in various theological contexts,” said Rabbi Steve Blane, founder of the Sim Shalom congregation. “The tree’s Hebrew name is “Etz Chaim” – which was first found in the Book of Proverbs.”

Etz Chaim is also a common name for yeshivas and synagogues, as well as to works of Rabbinic literatures. It’s also used to describe each of the wooden poles to which the parchment of a Sefer Torah is attached. So, the Tree stands both as a spiritual metaphor and a literal grounding in faith.

“Our Tree of Life now takes its place in a long continuum of worship, harmony, and connectivity,” said Rabbi Blane. “We’re pleased that it integrates a new communication medium into the ongoing tradition, and I’m sure it will serve our congregation well.”

“Wisdom is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her, and happy is everyone that retaineth her.” Proverbs 3:13-18.

About Sim Shalom and JSLI

Sim Shalom is an interactive online Jewish Universalist synagogue which is liberal in thought and traditional in liturgy. Created in 2009 by Rabbi Steven Blane on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Sim Shalom offers a means of connecting the unconnected. Rabbi Blane leads accessible and short Kabbalt Shabbat services every Friday night using a virtual interface and additionally Sim Shalom provides online education programs, Jazz concerts, conversion and life-cycle ceremonies along with weeknight services at 7:00PM EST led by Rabbis and students of this online community.

Rabbi Blane is also the founder and director of the Jewish Spiritual Leader’s Institute, a second-career Rabbinical school for professionals.

Sim Shalom, a non profit 501 © (3) tax-exempt organization, nurtures a Jewish connection through its mission of innovative services, creative education and dynamic outreach to the global community. For more information visit or call 201-338-0165.

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Humanitea Time Combines Art and Activism

(PRWEB) November 07, 2014

Humanitea Time, an event that blends socially-conscious performances inspired by Islam with a marketplace of community organizations where attendees can get involved, returns on November 9, 2014, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Featured Guests: Imam Suhaib Webb, Dawud Wharnsby Ali, Chicago Dramatists, Mustafa the Poet, slam poet Amal Kassir, Abdi Phenomenal, and Kuumba Lynx Performance Ensemble.

Humanitea Time 2013 filled to capacity early and similar turnout is expected for Sunday.

Humanitea Time is a dynamic platform for inspiring action around social causes inspired by Islamic tradition. In an informal ambiance, through riveting performances and narratives that illuminate an array of causes, Humanitea Time moves its audience to discover their change-making potential around issues of violence and social justice.

Humanitea Time is sponsored by Zakat Foundation of America (ZF), a Bridgeview-based 501(c)3 international charity that helps generous and caring people reach out to those in need. The goal of ZF is to address immediate needs and ensure the self-reliance of the poorest people around the world using the charitable dollars of privileged Muslims and the support of kind-hearted donors of many faiths.


AMAL KASSIR is one of the strongest, and perhaps youngest, voices speaking about the Syrian crisis. Described by fans as a “force of nature”, her rhymes and delivery are so powerful they often have her audience in a breathless silence. She led her Denver slam team to win 1st place championship in the 2012 Annual Brave New Voices Grand Slam Final against 500 poets from around the Unites States. Amal’s rising fame and her flair for freedom has gained international distinction. She has been featured on PBS, the Denver Post, Oakland North,, Westword, 303 Magazine, and others news outlets. She describes her poetry as a prayer of justice. Whether for the Syrian, the south side Chicagoan, or the Ugandan, it is oppression that fuels her pen. Of her purpose, Amal says “people think the world’s problems are not their responsibility. I want people to know that activism is the price you pay for living on this planet.”

DAWUD WHARNSBY ALI is a Canadian-born poet and songwriter. His career as a troubadour has yielded fifteen solo albums, five poetry anthologies, numerous sound-track credits, performances in some of the world’s most prestigious theatres and collaborations with several of the world’s most celebrated artists (including Irshad Khan, Danny Thompson, Stephen Fearing, Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens, Hadiqa Kiani and Zain Bhikha). In true folk-music tradition, Dawud’s songs have spread around the world – ringing out in primary schools, universities, places of worship, rallies and conventions – with words that have found their way into listener’s hearts, regardless of age. His work and reputation as one of the most prominent spiritually and socially conscious writers of our time have been referenced in publications affiliated with both Harvard University in the USA and Cambridge University Press in the United Kingdom. The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (Jordan) has included Dawud on their list of the 500 Most Influential Muslims each year since 2009 for his international artistic efforts.

ABDI PHENOMENAL hails from the land of poets, reviving the great poetic tradition of his Somali forefathers. He is a spoken word artist, teaching artist, actor and community activist. At the age of three, Abdi fled Somalia to the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya – currently the largest refugee camp in the world, home to over 450,000 Somali refugees. Abdi Produced the “Voices of Dadaab” Documentary, in which gives a voice to refugees’ by sharing their stories with the world. The documentary features vulnerable, yet happy, people who have lost all they have loved on the road to survival. As an activist, he builds youth leadership and literacy through the art of spoken word. He has been featured in AL-Jazeera English and the Star Tribune, New York Times and has led art workshops for the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. Abdi’s performances have reached multiple leaders across the globe including President Obama and Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

KUUMBA LYNX (KL) is an arts education and youth development organization founded in 1996 by three women who were frustrated with the cuts to public schools arts funding and the increased implementation of a harsher criminal justice system. KL utilizes urban arts pedagogy with a social justice framework. They engage youth in a variety of art making and art learning experiences, while working to nurture their literacy, social consciousness, and emotional development. KL uses Hip Hop in its historically original form – as a vehicle for expressing identity, culture and community experiences as well as a resistant force against all forms of injustice. The Kuumba Lynx Performance Ensemble will be performing at Humanitea Time to spotlight issues around police aggression and school push-out rates impacting people of color in the U.S.

MUSTAFA THE POET (Mustafa Ahmed) is a 17-year-old spoken word artist, actor and emcee based in the city of Toronto whose art touches hearts, minds and inspires younger generations to be more active in the world. Writing from the young age of 10, Mustafa uses the tool of words to express challenges, changes and the gentrification that he witnesses in his Regent Park neighborhood – North America’s first and largest existing housing project. It was after a feature in 2009 in the Toronto Star that he exploded onto the arts scene. Mustafa has opened up for artists such as Jhene Aiko and Pharaohe Monch and has performed alongside Margaret Atwood and Samantha Nuitt. He has also worked with Nelly Furtado, Broken Social Scene, and poet George Elliot-Clarke. Mustafa has been featured in CBC’s Metro Morning, JAZZ FM live, Global’s 16×9, Globals Walk the Walk, Childrens’ Aid Society, Stand Up Young Men’s Conference, Stem Cell Foundation, CAMH’s Cafe Scientifique, People for Education Official Gala, Salon Camden’s Why Am I So Poor, Pathways to Education Gala, Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture, the Mayor’s Art Ball, Metro Hall for the Forgiveness Project, Aveda, Martin Luther King Memorial day at the Roy Thompson Hall, NYC’s Nuyorican café, RBC presents The Walrus Talks on Philanthropy, TEDxToronto, The Sony Center for Performing Arts and more.

Mustafa is a Free the Children youth scholar, performing internationally and for annual youth summits.. He recently completed his debut poetry EP.

MS. DIJA (Sadia Nawab) is passionate about DJing since music transcends borders, generations and skin color. The very reason Sadia became a DJ was to create inspirational and uplifting environments. She does this by choosing positive lyrics and beats that make people feel good while promoting dignity and values instead of materialistic obsessions. She uses music therapy as an ancillary component to spirituality and overall health. Ms. DiJa’s signature style is to blend tracks from totally different genres, regions around the world and time periods.


Since 1979, the Iconic Chicago Dramatists has been shining the spotlight on playwrights and world premiere productions of selected works. In March 2015, Chicago Dramatists will be producing the critically acclaimed playwright Rohina Malik’s new play “The Mecca Tales” directed by Rachel Edward Harvith. Mecca Tales is an impassioned, provocative play that take the audience on an unforgettable ride of risk and reclamation capturing the voices of many Muslim Americans whose lives have been shaped and plagued by sociopolitical agendas beyond their control. Rohina is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, and an artistic associate at the 16th Street Theater. Her work has been produced or developed at The Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, 16th Street Theater, Brava Theater, Crossroads Theater, Chicago Dramatists, and Theater Project Baltimore. A powerful excerpt from Mecca Tales will be featured at Humanitea Time.


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The ZF booth at the Humanitea Time Action Bazaar will be launching its #GivingTuesday campaign for which participants may package and donate winter kits to keep low income families in Chicago warm.

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#GivingTuesday Network to America: Lets Get out the Give!; Partners Ramp-Up for a First-Ever National Day of Giving

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 08, 2012

As people from all over the U.S. come together following the recent election, another landmark result has become clear: Americans of all political persuasions prepare to rally around the season of giving and its new opening day, #GivingTuesday. With just a few weeks until the inaugural #GivingTuesday on November 27, more than 500 partners are creating and sharing their plans for giving this season. #GivingTuesday is made up of a diverse group of organizations, universities, businesses and philanthropies. The varieties of giving campaigns, events and ideas that will be launched on and around November 27 reflect the coalition’s unique backgrounds and perspectives. As more and more partners and individuals pledge their support and offer plans for action on November 27, it is evident America is eager for this new day on the holiday calendar.

The #GivingTuesday movement has grown dramatically, due largely to the energetic social media community that has helped to build support and raise awareness. Inspiring messages are pouring in from enthusiastic partners who are beginning to execute their plans. By collaborating around a national day dedicated to giving — similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday are synonymous with holiday shopping — these partners have come up with creative solutions to encourage their own employees, supporters and the general public to give back. #GivingTuesday partners are inviting and motivating people to take action to improve their local communities, give more, give better, and give in smarter ways to the charities and causes they care about.

Social media and the newly launched #GivingTuesday Community Page have provided platforms for partners and Social Media Ambassadors to connect with each other, share information and swap ideas on giving around the holidays. Here’s how just a small cross section of #GivingTuesday partners are working with supporters, retailers and donors to make this day of giving into a reality:

World Food Program USA
World Food Program USA will launch an online and mobile campaign called #ABetterGift on #GivingTuesday, encouraging Americans to give a gift that lasts this holiday season. Supporters can send humorous WFP USA e-cards that herald #ABetterGift instead of the very worst holiday presents — ugly Christmas sweaters, terrible Hanukkah socks or noisy electronic kids’ toys. Supporters can let friends and family members know that they’ve given #ABetterGift — a donation in the loved one’s name — that will help WFP USA feed over 90 million people in 75 countries globally. Whether providing school meals or emergency relief, e-cards and text donations will help save and change the lives of children in greatest need this holiday season.

Simon Property Group
On November 27, Simon Property Group, the world’s leading retail real estate company, will be collecting donations at its properties nationwide (including at regional malls, Premium Outlets, and Mills properties) to support two important charitable organizations – the Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) and American Red Cross. The Simon Youth Foundation’s mission is to educate at-risk youth. At 23 locations nationwide (21 of them are the company’s shopping malls), they house high schools instructing students who have been unsuccessful in the ‘traditional’ high school environment. SYF works with local school districts so graduates receive their school’s diploma. Money towards these programs is being collected on #GivingTuesday at Simon Guest Services at each mall. In addition to raising funds, Simon is encouraging the various mall properties to host their own #GivingTuesday events. There are already events planned at SouthPark in Charlotte, NC and Southern Hills Mall in Sioux City, IA.

#GivingTuesday has another special meaning for the global poverty-fighting organization CARE – it’s the organization’s birthday! On November 27, 1945, CARE was founded as a way for people in the United States to send food and supplies to families in war-torn Europe. CARE coined the now generally used term “CARE Package,” which grew into a symbol of American generosity, and CARE itself evolved to focus on long-term solutions to poverty, including the empowerment of women and girls. In honor of it’s birthday on November 27, CARE will host various parties and initiatives at their regional offices around the country. Celebrations include a giving-themed Birthday Party at the Atlanta headquarters and employee activation at their Washington, D.C. office where staff will donate CARE Packages of toiletries and bedding to SAFE, a local nonprofit that supports women who have experienced domestic violence.

Leading up to the big day, CARE has launched a contest encouraging others to help celebrate the great tradition of generosity by making a donation to CARE on or before #GivingTuesday. This donation will empower poor women, families and communities around the world. The lucky person who raises the most for CARE during the contest that ends on #GivingTuesday, November 27, will be flown to visit CARE’s poverty-fighting projects abroad and experience a firsthand look at CARE’s work in action.

As part of its partnership and support of #GivingTuesday, the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign will launch a new online store on November 27. This new store will offer unique gifts that give back including Shot@Life cell phone cases, holiday cards, water bottles, tshirts and more! Proceeds from these gifts will go to help vaccinate children in developing countries protecting them from four of the most deadly childhood diseases. Shot@Life is a movement to protect children by providing life-saving vaccines where they are needed most.

This #givingtuesday, Discover is finding ways for cardmembers, fans and employees to give more, give better and give smarter. The company is encouraging the Discover community to give by offering a 2% match to donations to the national chapters of its charitable partners. Cardmembers are also eligible to donate their Cashback Bonus to Discover’s charitable partners and the charity will receive a 2% match. Discover will also waive transaction fees to charitable partners for donations made on #givingtuesday. Finally, employees can give and their charities will receive more in return with the launch of Discover’s You Care, We Share Employee Giving Program.

To see a complete list of #GivingTuesday partners and find out how each organization is activating its own community, visit:

Join the #GivingTuesday movement or read about other partner initiatives happening on or around Nov. 27, 2012, by visiting the #GivingTuesday website and Facebook page. Spread the word about the movement by using and following the #GivingTuesday hashtag, which serves as a centralized hub to share why the movement matters, highlight successes and celebrate giving. Visit and connect with #GivingTuesday planners, partners and Social Media Ambassadors at the newly launched community page.

#GivingTuesday is endorsed by Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, Dorothy A. Johnson Center on Philanthropy, Giving Institute, Giving USA Foundation and InterAction. Charity Navigator and GuideStar are serving as the movement’s charity advisors. VolunteerMatch is a volunteer advisor to #GivingTuesday.


About #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give. It will begin with a national day of giving on November 27, 2012. This first-of-its-kind effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners- charities, families, businesses and individuals-to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.

#GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays that is dedicated to giving, similar to the way Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are synonymous with holiday shopping.

A team of recognized experts and influencers, initially convened by leaders of 92nd Street Y and supported by a core group of founding partners, are spearheading this effort. Founding partners include United Nations Foundation, Case Foundation,, Mashable, Blackbaud, charity: water, GlobalGiving, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Kiva, Darden Restaurant Group, Groupon, Unilever and VentureThree Capital. Leaders in philanthropy, social media, innovative giving, grassroots organizing, marketing and communications are providing counsel and resources to help build this movement.


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Manchester Charity Chooses Melbourne as Tech Partner

Manchester, United Kingdom (PRWEB UK) 28 October 2014

Manchester Pride, the UK’s leading Pride event, has chosen Melbourne, the Manchester-based provider of complex cloud and managed hosting solutions, as its new technology partner.

Melbourne will help the charity overhaul its digital presence by providing more reliable hosting for a new CRM system which will enable it to communicate better with the thousands of supporters who help it campaign on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.

As well as running an award-winning festival, Manchester Pride supports a range of charities and organisations in delivering projects with direct impact on the LGBT community and those living with, or affected by HIV, across the North West of England. Since 2003 it has raised and distributed over £1.1million.

Mark Fletcher, Chief Executive of Manchester Pride, said: “We’ve grown as a charity over the past few years and are now at the stage where we need to streamline our systems as an organisation. Part of this means looking closely at how we manage our IT. We currently have a number of different and cumbersome systems in place for back up and data management. We will be working with the experts at Melbourne to improve that and bring it all together.”

The focal point of the charity is the annual festival which takes place every year in August with a host of high profile artists performing in the main arena alongside talented performers from the local community, a bustling market and the George House Trust Candlelit Vigil. This summer’s Big Weekend attracted tens of thousands of visitors from across the country and beyond to watch such as Anastacia, All Saints, Foxes and MNEK.

Aside from the Big Weekend, the charity presents Pride Fringe which encompasses a series of art, culture, heritage, debate, sport, music and film events celebrating the great diversity of the LGBT community. 2013 also saw the introduction of Supersonic, a red carpet event held underneath the wings of Concorde at Manchester Airport.

Matt Gardiner, Sales & Services Director for Melbourne, said: “We’re delighted that Manchester Pride has selected Melbourne as its hosting provider. For charities organising big events which have growing databases and huge traffic spikes around the time of those events, it’s vital that the IT infrastructure can support this. The solution we have provided meets the charity’s increasing demands and can be scaled up to support future growth.”

Melbourne is part of cloud company iomart. For more information about the range of hosting services offered by Melbourne visit or Tweet @melbournehost


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