Have you heard about #GivingTuesday™? #GivingTuesday is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the holiday season. It promotes and encourages activities that support nonprofit organizations. There are more than 2,000 #GivingTuesday partners with specific #GivingTuesday initiatives. When I started to write this blog, I figured I’d find many travel related business or companies supporting #GivingTuesday. After going through the list, I was quite surprised to only find three – and I had to stretch to include Skype.
None the less, I was very happy to see Starwood on the list of Large Corporations/Brands supporting #GivingTuesday. I will be booking at least a few rooms tomorrow to help support the effort. I added Skype to the list because they do make it possible for travelers to keep in touch with friends and family while on the road! I hope you’ll join me in supporting one of these travel related businesses or one of the many other businesses supporting #GivingTuesday.
Starwood Preferred Guest National, Large Corporation or Brand
In the spirit of the season, Starwood Hotels and Resorts and its award-winning Starwood Preferred Guest program has partnered with #GivingTuesday™, and will donate 10 Starpoints® to UNICEF for every Cyber Monday booking, up to 500,000 points. Working to spread the word about #GivingTuesday, Starwood will promote the movement through public relations initiatives, corporate social media channels, email marketing, and a Twitter chat, hosted on November 26th, 2012 on the Hashtag #spglife.
Starwood Hotels of Chicago National, Large Corporation or Brand
Starwood Hotels & Resorts is the official hotel partner of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana and is committed to doing the right thing, going the extra step and playing as a team. This innovative social marketing partnership provides a space where purpose meets profit and serves as a platform for Starwood customers and employees to donate and create volunteer opportunities while providing exclusive access to offers and activities to families staying at the new House.
Skype National, Large Corporation or Brand
SUPPORT WORLD PEACE WITH PEACE ONE DAY AND SKYPE – RESULTS TO BE REVEALED ON #GIVINGTUESDAY
As part of Skype’s #GivingTuesday commitment, it has launched SkypeforPeace.org, a crowd-funding effort to support Peace One Day, an organization devoted to promoting non-violence in all its forms and creating a united and sustainable world. All funds raised through this initiative will be used to expand the Peace One Day Global Education Resource to more teachers around the world so they can teach their children the value of non-violent conflict resolution. Donations can be made here and Skype has pledged to match every dollar of the first $100,000 donated. Skype for Peace is Skype’s contribution to the Giving Tuesday movement in its role as a founding partner.