LOS ANGELES, Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- USC Shoah Foundation is once again participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that encourages philanthropy and promotes the idea that people can make a difference with even the smallest donation.
Donations to USC Shoah Foundation through its #BeginsWithMe campaign supports programs and initiatives to help the Institute change the world through testimony. This Nov. 29, USC Shoah Foundation is counting on you to reach its goal of $10,000. Last year, more than 100 people raised $7,000 for the Institute's important work.
"The small changes we make in the world can help inspire a movement to resist genocide and other forms of inhumanity around the globe," said USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen Smith. "Please join me in participating in #BeginsWithMe and help inspire your friends and followers to join you in supporting USC Shoah Foundation, helping to make the world a more peaceful and tolerant place."
There are several ways to support the Institute this #GivingTuesday.
First, all are encouraged to use the hashtag #BeginsWithMe to show your support on social media. You will be able to download the #BeginsWithMe campaign card to fill out with your name and how testimony inspires you to make a difference, take a photo of yourself holding the card and share on your social media channels with #BeginsWithMe and encourage friends and family to do the same.
You can also use a provided email template to explain to your contacts why you are supporting USC Shoah Foundation this Giving Tuesday and encouraging them to do the same. Feel free to copy and paste or adjust it as you see fit.
Watching testimony or registering for IWitness is also a great way to commemorate Giving Tuesday. The Giving Tuesday microsite will include several testimony clips on courage, action and the importance of standing up for tolerance that you are encouraged to share on social media. You can also subscribe to USC Shoah Foundation's YouTube channel, view over 1,800 full testimonies on the Visual History Archive Online, or visit any of the 67 Visual History Archive access sites at museums and universities around the world.
Finally, consider donating by texting Testimony to 41444. All money raised through Giving Tuesday donations will go toward USC Shoah Foundation's Annual Fund, which supports the Junior Intern program, ITeach educator trainings, visiting scholars' lectures, USC interns and the collection of Holocaust survivor testimonies. USC Shoah Foundation hopes to raise $10,000 through the Giving Tuesday campaign, a $3,000 increase from last year.
About USC Shoah Foundation USC Shoah Foundation — The Institute for Visual History and Education is dedicated to making audio- visual interviews with survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides, a compelling voice for education and action. The Institute's current collection of more than 54,000 eyewitness testimonies contained within its Visual History Archive®preserves history as told by the people who lived it, and lived through it. Housed at the University of Southern California, within the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Institute works with partners around the world to advance scholarship and research, to provide resources and online tools for educators, and to disseminate the testimonies for educational purposes.
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