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The Foundation has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on November 27, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) and after the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

This year, The Foundation has a goal to raise $7,310 in an initiative we’re calling #Givefor731. The money raised through the Community Fund on #GivingTuesday will be matched by The Foundation dollar for dollar up to the goal of $7,310. If the goal is met, that means almost $15,000 in additional funds for community grant awards in the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Ultimately the funds raised from this event will assist worthy causes in our Jackson-Madison County community.

In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the Foundation awarded ten community grants totalling more than $17,000 to the following agencies and funds: Arise2Read Jackson, West Tennessee Legal Services, Jackson Arts Council, Jackson Symphony, RIFA, Madison County Imagination Library, Safe Harbor Day Mission (working with the homeless), Creative Playscapes, Dream Center, and Jonah Affordable Housing.

"The community grant awards are a recent addition to the work of The Foundation, and our goal has been to grow the program each year," said Vice President of Operations Beth Koffman. "We wanted to participate in the #GivingTuesday campaign while keeping the focus on supporting local agencies, and we thought it would be great to get the community more involved. The #GiveFor731 project allows our donors to participate in a very meaningful way."

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For further information about this policy, contact Amy Garner (731) 541-9914.