SDHC Joins #GivingTuesday

SDHC joins #GivingTuesday

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For the second year in a row, South Dakota Humanities Council has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind national movement to harness 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.

Encouraging Giving with a Purpose

Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping 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 support and help create a better world.

Taking place Dec. 2, 2014 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are, today, synonymous with holiday shopping.

The South Dakota Humanities Council is a strong proponent of those efforts.

“We’ve decided to participate in #GivingTuesday because we’d like to promote giving rather than receiving during the holiday season,” said Kyle Schaefer, program and development officer for the South Dakota Humanities Council. “The support we receive through #GivingTuesday will contribute to our efforts to keep humanities programming alive in South Dakota.”

The South Dakota Humanities Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides a unique service to our state’s citizens and reaches audiences throughout South Dakota as the only organization in the state whose sole purpose is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota.

Help Support the South Dakota Festival of Books

Our largest event, the annual South Dakota Festival of Books, draws together thousands of readers and writers as acclaimed authors from the region and nation entertain audiences with book signings, presentations, panel discussions, and readings. Past Festivals have featured noted authors such as Sherman Alexie, Dave Eggers, Marilynne Robinson, Louise Erdrich, 2014 National Book Award winner Phil Klay and many more. The 13th annual Festival of Books will be held in Rapid City and Deadwood, SD Sept. 24-27, 2015.

We hope you will join the #GivingTuesday movement with us and consider a tax-deductible donation to the South Dakota Humanities Council. Each person who donates to support our #GivingTuesday initiative will be entered to win a prize package of all five books in the South Dakota Stories series! Your donation helps keep the Festival free! It also allows us to bring in acclaimed authors.

We depend on support from the public to continue programs such as the South Dakota Festival of Books, our One Book South Dakota program, Speakers’ Bureau and other reading group discussions. From providing feedback to volunteering to donating, your assistance makes our programs possible.

More than 10,000 Organizations Involved with #GivingTuesday

The nationwide #GivingTuesday movement began in 2012. Seeing an opportunity to channel the generous spirit of the holiday season to inspire action around charitable giving, a group of friends and partners, led by the 92nd Street Y (92Y), came together to find ways to promote and celebrate the great American tradition of giving. Thought leaders in philanthropy, social media and grassroots organizing joined with 92Y to explore what is working in modern philanthropy and how to expand these innovations throughout the philanthropic sector. The concept gained steam, and with the help of the United Nations Foundation and other founding partners, more than 10,000 organizations have joined the movement and are providing creative ways people can embrace #GivingTuesday and collaborate in their giving efforts to create more meaningful results.

SDHC Joines #GivingTuesday

“It’s been a privilege to work with remarkable leaders all over the country building a movement around #GivingTuesday,” said Henry Timms, 92Y’s Executive Director. “This initiative has truly been crowd-sourced by some of the smartest and most connected minds among the next generation of philanthropists and entrepreneurs.”

“#GivingTuesday is a counter narrative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday because it reminds us that the spirit of the holiday giving season should be about community and not just consumerism,” said Kathy Calvin, CEO of the UN Foundation. “The most meaningful gift we can give our children, loved ones, friends and neighbors is the commitment to work together to help build a better world.”

Those who are interested in joining South Dakota Humanities Council’s #GivingTuesday initiative can donate here. For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website ( To follow South Dakota Humanities Council updates on #GivingTuesday, visit our Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages.

The South Dakota Humanities Council is a non-profit organization founded in 1972 whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota. As a steward of the state’s heritage, the Council promotes the appreciation of South Dakota history, literature, and other related humanities subjects through grant-making and cultural programs, such as the Festival of Books, the One Book South Dakota program, and others. The Council’s core mission is to support and promote the exchange of ideas to foster a thoughtful and engaged society. More about the South Dakota Humanities Council is online at

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