WBEZ Chicago Gears Up for #GivingTuesday


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 Initiatives encourage philanthropic giving during holiday season

CHICAGO (Nov. 22, 2016)WBEZ Chicagois partnering with #ILGiveand the Greater Chicago Food Depositoryfor two unique opportunities to give back during the holiday season.

On #GivingTuesday, Nov. 29, WBEZ will join hundreds of Illinois nonprofits for the #ILGive campaign, a day-long event when people are encouraged to give back to community organizations by donating, volunteering or starting a fundraising campaign. This year, organizations participating in #ILGive have a goal of raising a collective $9 million that will go back to nonprofits across the state.

#ILGive is part of the global #GivingTuesday movement, which is fueled by the power of collaboration and social media. Since its inception in 2012, participation in #GivingTuesday has grown to more than 30,000 nonprofits, businesses and cultural institutions in over 60 countries.

Also on #GivingTuesday, from 9 a.m. to noon, the Coleman Foundationwill generously match all donations dollar for dollar (up to $10,000) from first time donors to WBEZ.

Then on Friday, Dec. 2, WBEZ is partnering with the Greater Chicago Food Depository for “Give One, Feed One,” or #GOFO, an initiative during WBEZ’s December fundraising campaign when every donation made to the station will also provide at least five meals for a Chicagoan in need. The larger the donation to WBEZ, the more meals given in the donor’s honor. Food Depository volunteers will make personal thank-you calls to donors who have generously given to WBEZ.

The day before #GOFO, WBEZ staff members will volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s food drive, handing out empty shopping bags and encouraging people to fill them with non-perishable food items and return the bags the next day. The food will then be delivered to Chicagoans in need.

“#GOFO and #ILGive are initiatives thatunify the nonprofit community and allow us to join together to encourage support for organizations that benefit residents across our state,” said Kassie Stephenson, Vice President of Membership and Marketing for WBEZ Chicago. “We want everyone to know how grateful we are for every donation made to WBEZ and all nonprofits during the holiday giving season.”

For more information and to donate, please visit WBEZ.org.


About WBEZ Chicago

WBEZ 91.5 Chicago is the region’s premier hub for public media programming and NPR programming, consistently delivering high quality journalism and original, unique content on the airwaves and across digital platforms. We are committed to our mission to nourish and drive the public conversation by telling stories that provoke thought, entertain, capture emotion and inspire action. In addition to in-depth investigative local reporting from our expanding team of journalists, WBEZ produces two daily programs The Morning Shift and Worldview and has launched nationally acclaimed programs including This American Life, Serial, Sound Opinions and Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! (a co-production with NPR). Learn more about WBEZ Chicago, our award-winning programming and on-demand digital content at wbez.org, or on Facebookor Twitter. Download the WBEZ app, available in the App Storeand Google Play.

About the Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository, founded in 1979, makes a daily impact across Cook County with a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile programs, children’s programs, older adult programs and innovative responses that address the root causes of hunger. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 70 million pounds of shelf-stable food, fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 160,000 meals every day. For more information, visit chicagosfoodbank.orgor call 773-247-FOOD.

About #ILGive

#ILGive is an initiative of Forefront, Illinois’ state association grantmakers, nonprofits and advisors to the sector. Forefront is building a vibrant social impact sector for all the people of Illinois. Learn more at myforefront.org.