This blog is from Emily, who, along with many other staff members, is very excited about taking part in #GivingTuesday for the first time.
We all know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and now we have Giving Tuesday, a new day to add to our holiday calendars. Giving Tuesday is a day dedicated to encouraging philanthropy and to helping cultivate a culture of giving throughout the United States by asking individuals to donate to a nonprofit of their choice. Giving Tuesday launched last year with 2,500 organizations participating and raising a total of $10 million. This year, there are 8,302 participating organizations, including our Museum.
For Giving Tuesday, we are encouraging people to support our Interfaith Living Museum. This is a dynamic program that brings together Jewish and Muslim fifth graders from New York City to learn about one another. Over the course of six months, these students visit each others’ schools and places of worship and curate an exhibit together that showcases their own families’ treasured cultural artifacts. As they realize how much they share and have in common, friendships develop among students who otherwise wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet and spend time together.
As one participant explained, “I learned that people who believe in different things aren’t very different, and two people who believe in different things can easily make a great friendship.”
There is no cost to the schools to participate in this important program. In order to continue providing funding, the Museum is asking for donations to help keep the program free for participants.
The program is predicated on the belief that it is possible for the next generation to live in a world whose currency is mutual respect, an appreciation of cultural differences, and a knowledge of shared values. Because it is within our power to give the students the tools to help make the world a better place, we embrace this opportunity to provide an enriching learning experience to so many young people.
To learn more, please visit our Giving Tuesday website by clicking here.
Photo by Melanie Einzig