The Giving Tuesday initiative began a few years ago to follow the high-profile holiday shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It was a day created to inspire people to give back to their communities and organizations in need of support closer to home after two days of activity meant to boost the economy at large. Now, it has been adopted by Canada as well as a National Day of Giving.
The “Opening day of the giving season,” it’s a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for GivingTuesday.
GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners – nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals – to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness. Across Canada and around the world, GivingTuesday unites communities by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.”
- Quote from the Giving Tuesday Canada website’s “About” page.
Ruthven Park National Historic Site is owned and operated by the Lower Grand River Land Trust Inc., a not-for-profit, non-government, charitable organization. It a self-supporting institution, so we rely on people like you to continue our important work to preserve the critically important cultural and natural landscapes of the 1,500 acre site.
I grew up in Cayuga in the 60’s and early 70’s but the estate was privately owned. It was a real treat to visit it finally and hear about the history. I was blown away and recommend it to anyone who has a love of history.
- Quote from F. D., a mansion tour participant from summer 2017
You can give back to the site in a number of ways:
Ruthven Park’s Giving Tuesday profile can be found by clicking here. We hope you consider the site this Giving Tuesday. We appreciate any and all donations of funds and time that the public is able to give on Giving Tuesday and any other day of the year.
Thank you for your generosity and support!
~ a message from Ruthven Park National Historic Site’s Chief Administrative Officer, Marilynn Havelka (L) and the Lower Grand River Land Trust Inc.’s President, Betsy Smith (R)