What Is #GivingTuesday?

The first Tuesday following Thanksgiving, known as #GivingTuesday, is a global day of giving that bonds together both individuals and organizations for one common cause – to do good!

Now in it’s SEVENTH YEAR, #GivingTuesday has empowered thousands of organizations in 150 different countries to give back.

Just last year, 21.7 billion #GivingTuesday social media mentions lead to more than 2.5 million online contributions being made. This amounted to greater than $300 million in donations! This was a 44% increase from the 2016 total!

Talk about impressive!

Want to learn more about how #GivingTuesday got it’s start? – Check This Out!

Year-End Campaign

On this #GivingTuesday Traveling Stories has decided to launch our year-end campaign which focuses on the cost of illiteracy vs the cost of prevention.

Let’s compare how much the lack of literacy costs society to the price of getting kids to fall in love with reading:

  • 82% of children in low-income families can’t read at grade level by the 4th grade. Of them, two-thirds will end up in jail or on welfare. (—NAEP)
  • $5.5 billion = cost of incarceration in CA every year
  • $640 million = cost of welfare in CA every year
  • $14 million = cost to provide reading support to every child in a low-income household in San Diego every year

Read our blog post The Economics of Reading to get the nitty gritty on these facts!

Our goal for the 2018 year-end campaign is to raise $30,000!

In 2018, nearly 2,000 children benefited from our weekly StoryTent programs. Will you help us raise the funds we need to continue empowering these children and their friends in 2019?

Donations as well as education are what allow change to occur.

To help with this, Traveling Stories has created an incredible custom bookmark that will equip people to raise awareness as well as fight illiteracy.

Click here to order your “Real Price of Literacy” bookmark today!

Start a conversation and see just what it can do.

Looking to make a monetary donation to the year-end campaign? Simply Click Here!

#GivingTuesday Live Feed

Don’t forget to Tune in to Traveling Stories’ Facebook and Instagram accounts today from 10:30am-6pm PST for LIVE with Malika – a talk-show hosted by our very own StoryTent reader, Malika Shah!

Malika will conduct short interviews with special guests throughout the day while keeping everyone up to date on Traveling Stories’ #GivingTuesday and Year-End Campaign.

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