Giving: verb to share what we have with others through our time, expertise and/or financial resources
Party: noun a social gathering of invited guests, typically involving eating, drinking, and having fun.
Giving Party™: the cozy, feel-good event of the holiday season where girlfriends support local charitable organizations. Part girl power, part holiday giddiness, all altruistic – we Give Until it Feels Good.
What is the Giving Party™? Each holiday season since 2007, girlfriends have gathered in cities like Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Cary, Cincinnati, Charlotte, Durham, Charleston, Mill Valley, Calif., and Vancouver, BC, to support local nonprofits at Giving Parties. In these 10 years:
- $364,000+ has been raised across 11 cities,
- 2,200 guests have enjoyed a merry evening of friendship and goodwill,
- 86 charitable organizations have made friends and raised funds,
- and countless connections have been made while volunteers joined causes.
We love raising a collective glass across the miles to celebrate how easy, fun and fulfilling it is to give!
Our recipe to hostess a successful Giving Party™ is simple. Join forces with a few like-minded girlfriends as co-hostesses. Invite your collective circle to gather in a cozy environment and ask a few of your favorite local nonprofits to come and tell their story. Encourage your guests to visit each one and then give to one, some or none—there’s no pressure, and the giving is anonymous. The point is just to give and have fun doing it! Having a handful of organizations is a secret ingredient for success, as part of the giving is providing a stage with a built-in audience for local organizations…and certain nonprofits resonate with guests more than others, and women want a choice! Tally the total raised at the end of the Giving Party and toast your success in making a difference in the lives of those in your community.
This summer, we trademarked Giving Party™, and with that accomplishment we are hoping to have new cities around the country start their own tradition.
We’re happy to walk you through the entire process and share our materials with you – how to set up your own CrowdRise site (actually, someone else sets it up for you for free!), create a guest list and invitation; provide the logos and the letter for your nonprofits, etc. – and provide everything else you need to host your own merry Giving Party™.
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Help spread the word about the feel-good event of the season…and Give Until it Feels Good at your own Giving Party™!