Will You Share Joy with Us?

Ballet 5:8, a 501-(c)-3 nonprofit organization, has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Ballet 5:8 will be challenging everyday people to #ShareJoy by supporting arts and cultural organizations this #GivingTuesday.

You don’t have to be a world leader or a billionaire to give back. #GivingTuesday is about ordinary people coming together doing extraordinary things.

Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

Ballet 5:8 is dedicated to creating and producing relevant, beautiful, communicative dance that can inspire meaningful discussion among the audience members of today’s time and culture, no prior experience in dance required. Each year, Ballet 5:8 participates in free-to-the-public performances, keeps prices for ticketed performances under $30, and travels to perform in the biggest cities and the smallest towns, often bringing dance to places where no dance has gone before. This enables us to share the simple joy of dance with many for the first time.

Whether we are breaking down economic barriers, geographic barriers, or simply debunking the myth that you have to be some kind of an elite person to understand and enjoy dance, we love the work of sharing the joy of dance to everyday people! 

This #GivingTuesday, Ballet 5:8 is challenging its audience base to get involved in Ballet 5:8’s work and mission by making a financial contribution and joining the Friends of Ballet 5:8. Each new gift of as little as $5 a month makes it possible for Ballet 5:8 to continue to SHARE JOY though beauty and dance with our communities. 

What is #GivingTuesday?

#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give—the 2015 iteration will be held on December 1, 2015. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global moment dedicated to giving around the world.

To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit:
Website: www.givingtuesday.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday
Twitter: twitter.com/GivingTues
Case Foundation: http://casefoundation.org/blog/givingtuesday-moves-campaign-tradition/ 

About the Founder of #GivingTuesday

92Y − a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around its core values of community service and giving back − conceptualized #GivingTuesday as a new way of linking individuals and causes to strengthen communities and encourage giving. In 2014, the third year of the movement, #GivingTuesday brought together 30,000 partners in 68 countries and registered 32.7 million impressions on Twitter, with its eponymous hashtag mentioned 698,600 times. Since 2012, online giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has increased more than four-fold, based on findings by Blackbaud and the Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, produced in partnership with the Case Foundation.

“We have been incredibly inspired by the generosity in time, efforts and ideas that have brought our concept for a worldwide movement into reality,” said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday and executive director of 92Y. “As we embark on our fourth year of #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged by the early response from partners eager to continue making an impact in this global conversation.” 

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