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This holiday season, #GiveTheFuture
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My Civic Workout: Your heart is a muscle the size of your fist. Keep loving, Keep fighting.
November 28, 2016
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Still full from Thanksgiving? Already sick of holiday shopping? Today’s warmup will get the gravy out of your veins and make you feel a whole lot better. Visit #GiveTheFuture and pledge some of your gift-giving budget to a cause that means something to you, and to your friends and family. Rather than another bath salt bundle or Yankee Candle, you can get your loved ones the gift of a better future. From reproductive rights to climate justice to fighting racism, #GiveTheFuture will help you point your gift in an impactful direction. Fill out the form online and you’re done!
Feeling better already after a mere five minutes? Keep that momentum going and write an email or Facebook post to your friends and family encouraging them to #GiveTheFuture. Write whatever flows out of your philanthropic head or use this template:
Today I took the #GiveTheFuture pledge to dedicate my voice and resources to the most vulnerable members of our country through targeted donations to causes that matter to people on my gift list. Whether it is recognizing Uncle Bob’s belief in civil liberties with a donation to the ACLU, or my sister’s strong belief in giving every child a healthy start with a gift to the Children’s Defense Fund, I know what the people around me believe in. Will you join me?
Explain why it matters to you – enthusiasm is infectious!
The proverbial sweat is dripping down your proverbial face and you’re ready to proverbially kick it up a proverbial notch!

Make a list of the people you’re planning to give gifts to this year, then go to #GiveTheFuture and find organizations that each of them would like to support. Maybe you don’t agree with your brother on everything but you know he’s passionate about halting climate change – find an organization, give a gift in his name, and write him a nice letter or email explaining what you’ve done.

That was quite the workout. Now, where’s the eggnog…?
For more information on the challenges facing Nonprofits, check out this article by Vu Le: In the Trump Era, Nonprofits Need a New Social Contract With Foundations
"As nonprofits work to oppose all the ways in which a Trump presidency threatens the people we serve, we need money and support — and that must come from a new social contract with foundations. Grant makers must end, once and for all, the destructive funding philosophies and practices that have hampered nonprofits’ ability to achieve success."
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