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FAQs about Giving Tuesday

This Giving Tuesday FAQs post is best used in accompaniment with ESR’s Giving Tuesday press release.

Q: What is Giving Tuesday? 

A: Giving Tuesday is a global initiative aimed to promote giving back to the community.  

According to the Giving Tuesday website, Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past eight years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. 

The Giving Tuesday initiative makes it clear that people can show their generosity in a variety of ways whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes – every act of generosity counts. Organizations can tailor the initiative to fit their needs. 

Q: When is Giving Tuesday? 

A: Giving Tuesday always takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year, Giving Tuesday will be held on December 1, 2020. 

Q: Who can participate? 

A: Anyone who wants to help make a difference in our community! 

Q: Where does Giving Tuesday take place? Is it safe to participate during the pandemic? 

A: Giving Tuesday is primarily a virtual initiative, which helps make is safe to participate in during the pandemic. ESR’s Giving Tuesday efforts focus on signing up for various initiatives online, sharing information about ESR and donating. In-person Giving Tuesday initiatives through ESR will not take place on Giving Tuesday. 

Q: What opportunities are available for people to participate in ESR’s Giving Tuesday campaign? 

A: As a part of ESR’s Giving Tuesday campaign, the organization is encouraging people to participate in the following ways: 

  1. Sign up to volunteer with ESR’s Forsyth Free Tax program. Contact Sheila at 336-722-9400 ext. 172 or email her at sheila.devereaux@eisr.org. 
  1. Download ESR’s fact sheets and distribute them to your network! Program fact sheets can be downloaded on our website. 
  1. Put your gift to work right away by donating through ESR’s website. Additionally, checks may be mailed to

    Attn: Debra Perkins
    PO Box 135
    Winston-Salem, NC 27102 
  1. Have non-perishable food items or toiletries to donate to ESR’s pantry? Contact Pamela at 336-722-9400 ext. 155 or email her at pamela.ingram@eisr.org. 
  1. Have skills and talents to bring to ESR’s committees and programs? Contact Manya at 336-722-9400 ext. 123 or email her at manya.stewart@eisr.org. 

Q: Is there a fee to participate? 

A: There is not a fee to participate in Giving Tuesday.  

Q: How much of my donation goes directly to ESR? 

A: 100% of your Giving Tuesday donation will go directly to ESR. Giving Tuesday Global does not take a percentage of donations and does not accept donations through their website.  

There is a small fee per transaction associated with using PayPal, which is connected to ESR’s digital fundraising platform. The fee is paid by ESR. 

Q: How will ESR use my donation? 

A: ESR helps over 5000 community residents each year to achieve financial stability. With the help of our community, ESR can help residents locate affordable housing, rise above the poverty level, and build assets such as education and homeownership. Donations will go directly towards providing these services for our community residents. 

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