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Sea Turtle Conservancy Joins the #GivingTuesday Movement

Many of us are familiar with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but what about #GivingTuesday? And what’s with that hashtag symbol? #GivingTuesday is a campaign to create an international day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations. Taking place on December 3, 2013 –the Tuesday after Thanksgiving– #GivingTuesday aims to harness the power of social media to create an international movement around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are synonymous with holiday shopping. blog

So far, over 4,500 non-profit organizations have signed up to be official #GivingTuesday partners and Sea Turtle Conservancy is excited to announce that we too will be participating in this exciting movement! #GivingTuesday is a time for the world to come together and show how powerful humanity can be when we unite to give on one day. Click here to view STC’s official #GivingTuesday info page.

So how can you participate? You don’t have to be a world leader or billionaire to make a difference. There are many different ways to take part in the #GivingTuesday movement while supporting STC! We created a “Giving Tuesday Pledge Certificate” that you can print out and fill in your own pledge. You can pledge a donation, conservation action, or an activity to educate yourself or others about sea turtles. The possibilities are endless! After you fill out your pledge certificate, send us a picture to show us what you’re pledging. We’ll be sharing photos in the weeks leading up to and throughout the day on #GivingTuesday on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Rebecca Gatewood, age 9

Rebecca Gatewood, age 9

Need an idea of what to pledge? Click here to watch a video of what some of our supporters are pledging! Here are some other examples:

– Make a donation to Sea Turtle Conservancy

– Start recycling at home/work/school

– Participate in a beach/park/neighborhood trash clean-up

Adopt a sea turtle from Sea Turtle Conservancy

– Take reusable bags to the store

– Read a book about sea turtles

– Spread the word about STC on Facebook or Twitter

Don’t feel limited to the pledges above. Create your own and tell us how you are going to give back this year!

Along with STC’s #GivingTuesday Pledge, we’re also encouraging our supporters to make their voices heard on social media by using the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #unselfie.


Not into social media? Not to worry! In the spirit of #GivingTuesday, if we can raise $10,000 by December 31st, Sea Turtle Conservancy’s Board of Directors has offered to match this with a generous donation of $10,000!! That doubles your donation! Donations can be made on STC’s website or mailed in from December 3rd – 31st.

So save the date and join the movement to celebrate giving with STC! “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill