Everyone has something to give and every act of generosity counts, says the global GivingTuesday organisation. And we couldn’t agree more.
We feel so privileged at Award Force to serve so many people and organisations around the world. GivingTuesday provides us with an opportunity to give back and get involved in our own communities.
What is GivingTuesday?
GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good.
Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement inspiring hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity year-round.
How can you take part in GivingTuesday?
It’s easy to get involved with this global movement. You can connect with GivingTuesday in your country and find resources, activities, events, and ways to participate to help you take part with your organisation or on your own.
How we’re giving back
Our team at Creative Force (the team behind Award Force) is a fully remote, globally distributed company, which means we’re located all across the world and each have our own passions and causes we like to support.
Our company is a proud participant of Pledge 1%, a corporate philanthropy movement dedicated to making the community a key stakeholder in every business. Pledge 1% encourages and challenges individuals and companies to pledge equity, profit, product and employee time for their communities.
In 2020, we donated about 3.5% of net profit primarily to environment and nature conservation charities. We give to organisations like the Australian Conservation Foundation, Sea Shepherd, Earth Protectors, Climate Council, World Bicycle Relief and more.
This year, for GivingTuesday, we each focused on our own individual communities and interests, giving both our time and financial support to the causes we care about.
Here are just a few of the great initiatives our team got involved with for #GivingTuesday!
For the good of health…and community
Diya (client success)
Diya is giving back to her community through the organisation GoodGym, which combines regular exercise with helping the community. From tree plantings to helping the local aging population, this group chooses active community projects in lieu of the traditional gym. For this year’s GivingTuesday, Diya joined a GoodGym mission to do some gardening and yard work for a local elderly man who lives alone and was recently scammed.
For a cleaner neighborhood
Sean (client success)
Sean chose to pick up litter for GivingTuesday near his home in England.
“It’s a pretty popular walk that does tend to end up with a lot of litter so I thought this would be a nice way to make a difference in the community”
For the children
Narelle spent time volunteering at a local orphanage for GivingTuesday in her current residence of Morelia, Mexico.
The orphanage just moved to a new house, which needs a lot of work, and Narelle jumped in to provide sandwiches and support for the volunteers and helped shop for basic supplies and blankets for the children.
For those less fortunate
Kanishka worked with friends to organise help for people in a rural area of Sri Lanka with high poverty. They donated four computers to local students with brilliant school records to help with school work and Zoom classes. They also donated food and supplies to poor families in the area.
For refugees and the forest
Zoë had a donation made to SOS MEDITERRANEE, an organisation saving refugee lives by going out on boats to save people from the deadliest migration route. Since Zoë could not actually volunteer with this organisation, she went with her son’s school class to plant trees in an urban location in Lyon where they helped create a new “Miyawaki forest,” supported by the city of Lyon. “The kids were amazing; we were so proud.”
For the homeless
Craig supported The Breakfast Club this GivingTuesday, which helps the homeless population and low-income families. “They do so much good in our little slice of the world. They try to arrange daily meals, medical support, counselling and anything else they can possibly do to help out.”
Craig and his family bought Christmas gifts for the families and groceries for their food drive, and Craig volunteered his marketing skills to help them get more donations and redo their website.
For the Navajo people
Monument Valley, Arizona
Lindsay ran a marathon in the Monument Valley Tribal Park this month, and volunteered after the race with the nonprofit that organised the event called NavajoYES, which works to get Navajo children outdoors and provides a bicycle donation program.
She served as a volunteer photographer for the local Navajo festivities, which featured traditional Navajo singing and hoop dancing.
For entrepreneurs fighting global warming
Clément chose a French nonprofit called Time for the Planet to support, an organisation that is fundraising with a system of shareholders (who can vote for projects but will never earn any dividend) in order to create 100 companies aiming to make the world a better place to live.
Companies are carefully selected based on their capacity to help solve one or many of the 20 identified issues causing greenhouse gas.
For more humane technology
Eyal chose the Center for Humane Technology for his company-sponsored donation, to support a more positive role for technology in the future.
“As an employee in the tech industry, I feel especially connected to this cause and feel grateful there are people in this world working hard to help make sure tech plays a positive and constructive role in society moving forward.”
Learn more about Creative Force and our commitment to Pledge 1%.