The Results Are In
#GivingTuesday was last week. What were the results for Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation and what do the results means for the foster kids of the County?
By MONA STEPHENS
Frequent, parodic, and high-pitched shrills could be heard for miles around the office of Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation (YC4KF) on GivingTuesday.
They were shrills of pure happiness escaping from the employees at YC4KF as they watched donations pour in last week.
“High-fives were flying freely around the office, and I couldn’t help but to dance.” Exclaimed Mona Stephens of YC4KF when asked about the day.
So what is Giving Tuesday and why did it bring this organization so much joy?
73% Of Yavapai County Didn’t Know This
A survey conducted by YC4KF of residents in Yavapai County revealed only 27% know what Giving Tuesday is.
So what is Giving Tuesday?
It is a movement started in 2012 that promotes charitable giving for a 24 hour period. Giving Tuesday is intended to kick off the holiday season of giving and falls, perfectly, the day after Thanksgiving.
Since its inception, nonprofits across the nation have thanked Giving Tuesday for over $379.89 billion dollars in donations in one single day of giving.
What Giving Tuesday Did For YC4KF
” It was the community rallying together to scream “we care about the abused and neglected children in our county!” “
The online day of giving brought in a whopping $8,133 dollars for Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation on November 27th.
When asked what this meant for the Foundation, Mona Stephens had this to say:
“It was so much more than just money. It was the community rallying together to scream “we care about the abused and neglected children in our county!” It was, the nearly, 400 foster children YC4KF serves being supported and, more importantly, translates into funds for foster children to get all their needs met and have the experience the things they deserve.”
Donors from the Quad-City were mostly to thank for the major success. However, donors as far as Michigan and Pennsylvania contributed to the cause. The Foundation smashed their goal of raising $2,000 by lunch time.
The day was filled with excitement for what those donations translate into for the foster youth of Yavapai County.
It could mean:
- New clothing for up to 53 children.
- New bikes for 80 kids,
- Day care costs for 60 children
- Lessons at the YMCA for 123 kids
- & many other possibilities
The funding couldn’t have come at a better time ass the Foundation gears up for their Holiday Gift Giveaway. for the 400 kids in care in Yavapai County, the money can be used to make Christmas great to all those in care; especially the foster youth who live in Group Homes. “Thank you to everyone who participated is all we at YC4KF have to say.
Although this fundraiser was a major success in the eyes of all those at Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation, they are already planning how to make next year better.
Armed with the information 73% of Yavapai County is still in the dark about Giving Tuesday, YC4KF plans to educate more of the community on the great opportunity to be selfless. They hope increasing awareness around the movement will encourage more people to give.
Next year the group hopes to double the number of donations and the impact made on the foster children in Yavapai County.