#GiveAnAssist on #GivingTuesday 2013 is in the books and it was a slam dunk! Over 75 nonprofit sports programs were posting, tweeting and sharing the message of giving back, and many are already reporting big increases in donations and volunteer requests. The entire #GivingTuesday movement of over 10,000 nonprofits, brands and corporate partners was a dominant topic across many social media networks throughout the day.
On to the assists...
"People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses or the problems of modern society." ~ Vince Lombardi
Spreading the "Give An Assist" message is another great way to encourage your friends, family and teammates to find a way to give back this holiday season. We've created some cool infographics and photographics that you can share on your social media pages. Go ahead and Tweet them on Twitter, Pin them on Pinterest, Link them on Linkedin, Share them on Facebook and let everyone in your circle know that the holidays are a great time to "Give An Assist!"
Click on any of the Infographics and Photos below to get the full size images from our "Give An Assist" Pinterest Gallery
"If you meet Buddha in the lane, feed him the ball." ~ Phil Jackson
While we are here to talk about “giving back” during the holidays, we also recognize that a big part of the holidays is giving gifts to the people you care about. And we love gifts too! (just sayin… ;-) So this holiday season, we want to offer you some options to find cool sports gifts that actually do some giving back of their own.
A “Social Enterprise” is loosely defined as “an organization or venture that achieves a primary social or environmental mission using business methods.” So simply stated, these are businesses that sell a product or service with the goal to achieve something socially beneficial, greater than just financial gain. That goal can be anything in the cause space – education, health, environmental protection, poverty alleviation, animal welfare, etc. Some of these companies have a “Buy One / Give One” philosophy, where for every product purchased, they donate one to someone in need.
If you’re searching for the perfect holiday gift for the sports fan on your list, check out some of these Social Enterprises and see how your purchase can make a difference...
Alive & Kicking (Soccer)
"Create unselfishness as the most important team attribute." ~ Bill Russell
If you're an active runner, walker or cyclist, you've no doubt heard about, or better yet been involved with, fundraising for a cause through a race. This remains one of the most effective fundraising tools for everything ranging from health issues like Cancer, MS and Alzheimer's, to social causes including Homelessness and Education. But did you know that you don't need an upcoming race as a platform for helping a cause you care about?
"All the successful teams I've ever seen have 3 characteristics: They play unselfish, they play together and they play hard." ~ Larry Brown
So maybe money is a little tight and the commitment to coaching or volunteering just doesn't fit into your schedule, but you still want to do something to help. Microvolunteering could be the answer...