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What is Giving is Gorges?

Giving is Gorges was established by a collaborative group to celebrate the spirit of philanthropy in Tompkins County and surrounding areas. The purpose of this powerful giving experience is to unite our community members around causes in which they truly believe and help support local nonprofit organizations. During this 24 hour Giving Event, community members can choose from over 100 local nonprofits to support, and help make an exponential impact through available prizes and matching dollars.

1 month before Giving is Gorges

  • Start communicating with employees about Giving is Gorges and the unique opportunity they have to make a difference for the nonprofit of their choice.
  • Promote the event in your newsletters, emails, and on your website. Tell everyone that June 1st is THE day to support local nonprofits.
  • Provide a match opportunity or organize a fundraiser for a nonprofit of your choice.
  • Get the buzz going on your website and social media, and share if you will offer a match opportunity to a nonprofit or for your employees.
  • Plan an event for June 1st! This can be a simple announcement over the intercom or a party or event. Remember, people can give online using their computer workstations or smart phone, and it only takes a minute!
  • Consider rallying employees to pledge hours of time volunteering or finding a way to give back together on June 1st

1-2 Weeks Before Giving is Gorges

  • Change out your Social Media profile photos with custom Giving is Gorges supporter graphics on here
  • Post a Facebook Status or Share a tweet about how you plan on supporting Giving is Gorges on June 1st st. Make sure to use the hashtag #GivingisGorges
  • Prepare any communication pieces you plan to send on the day of giving itself or use one of the Giving is Gorges Pre-Made templates on www.givingisgorges.org
  • Get the buzz going on your website and social media, and share if you will offer a match opportunity to a nonprofit or for your employees.
  • Plan an event for June 1st! This can be a simple announcement over the intercom or a party or event. Remember, people can give online using their computer workstations or smart phone, and it only takes a minute!
  • Consider rallying employees to pledge hours of time volunteering or finding a way to give back together on June 1st

1-2 Days Before Giving is Gorges

  • Send out an email to your employees reminding them to go online and give to the nonprofit of their choice on June 1st. Remind them of any special activities, matching opportunities, or fundraisers you are participating in.
  • Continue to share your support and participation in Giving is Gorges on your social media channels.

The Big Day!

  • Send at least one email to your employees reminding them that June 1st is a great day to give back to their community!
  • Share your enthusiasm for Giving is Gorges on your social media platforms and let everyone know that your business supports the organizations and people that make our community great!
  • Share stories on social media using the hashtag #GivingisGorges to let everyone know that your company cares about Tompkins County!
  • Use the “I Gave” badges here to share your contribution with your network and promote more giving
  • Attend a Giving is Gorges celebration happening in your community! Any celebration will allow the community to interact with participating nonprofits and be a part of the excitement!


For more information, reach out to us at info@givingisgorges.org!