By Beth Kanter on November 23, 2009
BlogHer Original Post
Tweetsgiving is 48-hour event to encourage people to express their gratitude using online tools and at face-to-face meet-ups. This two-day event, scheduled for November 24-26, will also invite people to donate to Epic Change.
Last year, Epic Change launched this first ever Twitter-based Thanksgiving fundraiser by asking people on Twitter to compose a 140 character message of giving thanks and donating, as well as sharing it with friends on Twitter. Epic Change raised over $10,000 to build a classroom in Arusha, Tanzania. You can read more about their work here.
This year they hope to spread gratitude further and raise enough to help build an additional classroom, orphanage/boarding facility, cafeteria and library at Epic Change’s partner school in Tanzania, and to finding and funding future Epic Fellows like the school’s founder, Mama Lucy.
The theme of Tweetsgiving is gratitude, playing off the US national holiday of gratitude, Thanksgiving. According to recent research, gratitude is a powerful emotion that encourages positive behavior, the giving and receiving of thanks (and gifts.) It is the belief that one has received good fortune due to some one or event outside one's control. Also, other researchers have found that gratitude can lead to happiness.
Tweetsgiving offers a number of ways to express your gratitude online and offline, including different events around the globe. I'm looking forward to attending the fundraiser in Silicon Valley where there will be fundraising raffle for signed books by these authors:
Other goodies will also be raffled off to raise money for Epic Change at the event.
I have a lot to be grateful for this year, the year our family made a big move across the country and survived! I'm also grateful for all the learning through my work as visiting scholar at the Packard Foundation and for the opportunity to work with Allison Fine as co-author on a book about nonprofits and social media. And finally, I'm grateful to be part of the BlogHer community for five years.
What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving season?
Beth Kanter, BlogHer CE, Nonprofits and Social Media, writes Beth's Blog.
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