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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Giving Tuesday...Somerville Style!

15 Somerville agencies collaborate on annual day of giving
Giving Tuesday Somerville: Give Local launches!

The Somerville nonprofit community has embarked upon a new journey of collaborative fundraising -  Giving Tuesday Somerville: Give Local.  This holiday season, 15 nonprofit organizations are joining forces to collaborate on a first-annual joint fundraising effort as part of the international Giving Tuesday program.  Giving Tuesday is an annual global day of giving that helps to raise funds and awareness for important causes everywhere. In our community, Giving Tuesday will be the 21st Century version of a telethon. Hosted on SCATV on December 2nd, this telethon delivers an exciting program of live entertainment, panel discussions, public service announcements, and local celebrities, helping us to raise $50,000 for the nonprofit community in Somerville.

"The complexity of the problems facing our city calls for greater coordination and collaboration among all of us - our Giving Tuesday Telethon is just one example among many of Somerville's non-profits working together for the collective good of our city's children and families," stated David Gibbs, Executive Director of the Community Action Agency of Somerville.

Participating organizations include:

Mark Alston-Follansbee, Executive Director of the Somerville Homeless Coalition, has been working on this project since its inception in early 2014. “After Black Friday and Tech Monday, Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for everyone to focus on giving to nonprofit organizations around the world.  Here in Somerville, agencies are using this day to collaborate and tell the story of our community; we hope you'll tune in and support us in any way that works for you.”

Giving Tuesday Somerville takes place on December 2nd, 2014. Giving takes place from 12:01am-11:59pm online, while the telethon is hosted from 6-9pm on SCATV. Give a little more this season. #GiveMoreSomerville

For more information on this effort, visit To become an event sponsor, please email

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