Join ISEA in the #GivingTuesday Movement

Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. ISEA is bringing more awareness to their community and constituents about this important day. Occurring this year on November 29th, #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.

Inland Seas joined #GivingTuesday in late 2014 after hearing its message about encouraging others to give back after the busy holiday shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The draw to #GivingTuesday is its power through social media across the world. While most small organizations like ISEA look for local support, the internet has opened up a whole new venue to encourage donations of time, resources, and talents. ISEA’s goals through #GivingTuesday are to bring more awareness of their mission and programs through social media as well as to encourage giving at whatever capacity individuals and businesses can give to whomever they choose. “In addition to letting people know about our mission and goals for protecting the Great Lakes, we also want to promote other non-profits with similar missions and those in our geographic area.” said Fred Sitkins, Executive Director of ISEA. “While we’d love for people to support us, we also want to get out the message of giving back to any charities of your choosing.”

Other Leelanau and Grand Traverse County organizations participating in #GivingTuesday include The Watershed Center of Grand Traverse Bay, TART Trails, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, Northport Historical Society, Leelanau Conservancy, Northwestern Michigan College, Habitat for Humanity GTR, Goodwill Northern Michigan, United Way of NW MI, The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park, Christ’s Hope International, and WasteWater Education. To search for an organization or geographic location on #GivingTuesday, click on the magnifying glass on the top menu.

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 2015, the fourth year of the movement, #GivingTuesday brought together 45,000 partners in 71 countries and helped raise nearly $117 million online in the US alone.

To learn more about the #GivingTuesday movement visit their website (, Facebook page (, Twitter (, or hashtag #GivingTuesday on social media.

About #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give—the 2016 iteration will be held on November 29, 2016. 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.