Amador County (June 6, 2018) – Small but mighty, Amador County received national recognition this May through the efforts of Kathleen Harmon and the Amador Community Foundation. As a result of the great success of the organization’s annual #GivingTuesday efforts, Harmon was invited to speak at a Giving Tuesday National Leadership Summit in Dallas Texas on May 22nd and 23rd.

Beginning in 2015, Amador Community Foundation has participated annually in the national #GivingTuesdy campaign, encouraging donors to give locally to benefit people in their own community. On the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, any donations made to local charities through the GiveAmador.org website or at the “Charity Meet and Greet” on the same day, are eligible for a proportional percentage of an incentive pool funded by the Foundation and local grant partners such as the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, the American Legion Post 108, and Stan Lukowicz. Over the 3-year history of the campaign, Amador’s #GivingTuesday has resulted in donations of over $300,000 for Amador charities.

Each year, the Foundation reports to the National #GivingTuesday campaign with a results summary. “Our Charity Meet and Greet really caught the attention of the National team”, said Kathleen Harmon, executive director. “They wanted to hear how a small, rural community like Amador could generate such a large giving day.” Harmon was one of 70 leaders at the national summit. The 2-day packed agenda covered best practices and networking ideas and concepts with like-sized campaigns. “I’m excited to talk to our nonprofits about some of the ideas I was able to bring back. It’s not just about money, it’s about time and talent too,” said Kathleen. “That is why our Charity Meet and Greet got such attention. We networked our nonprofits with each other and with donors.”

#GivingTuesday 2018 will be held on Tuesday, November 27. Any Amador County Nonprofits that did not participate last year and are interested in getting involved may contact Kathleen Harmon at acf@amadorcommunityfoundation.org or call 209-223-2148. For complete details and a list of participating charities, visit GiveAmador.org.

About Amador Community Foundation
Amador Community Foundation improves the quality of life for the citizens of Amador County and their succeeding generations. We connect people who care with causes that matter. We receive financial gifts from donors, invest them, and use the investment earnings to make grants in perpetuity.
For more information, visit amadorcommunityfoundation.org or contact the Foundation at (209)223-2148. Tax ID # 68-0447992.

About #GivingTuesday

Founded by the team in the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at 92nd Street Y http://www.92Y.org, #GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 27. #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners
 to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. It inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together.

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