White River Health System Foundation Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement

Proceeds Dedicated to WRMC Emergency Department Renovation and Expansion

Batesville, Ark – White River Health System Foundation has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Proceeds from the #GivingTuesday Campaign will be used for the WRMC Emergency Department renovation and expansion scheduled to begin by the end of the year. Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.  

White River Medical Center (WRMC) Emergency Department (ED) renovation and expansion is a four phase project schedule to begin this month and be completed in 2017. Highlights of the project include an increase in the number of treatment rooms, redesigned patient registration and seating areas, and a redesigned the west/ER patient entrance.

92Y −  a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around its core values of community service and giving back − conceptualized #GivingTuesday as a new way of linking individuals and causes to strengthen communities and encourage giving. In 2014, the third year of the movement, #GivingTuesday brought together 30,000 partners in 68 countries and registered 32.7 million impressions on Twitter, with its hashtag mentioned 698,600 times. Since 2012, online giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has increased more than four-fold, based on findings by Blackbaud and the Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, produced in partnership with the Case Foundation.[1]

“We have been incredibly inspired by the generosity in time, efforts and ideas that have brought our concept for a worldwide movement into reality,” said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday and executive director of 92Y. “As we embark on our fourth year of #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged by the early response from partners eager to continue making an impact in this global conversation.”  

Those who are interested in joining White River Health System Foundation’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit https://www.youcaring.com/wrmc-emergency-room-upgrade-459424#goto-fundraiser-details. For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.

 

About White River Health System Foundation

The White River Health System Foundation supports the healthcare mission of White River Health System through charitable giving, grant writing and fundraising events. Gifts to the foundation are used for the development of new clinical services, scholarships for health professionals and capital building projects. For information on how your charitable dollars can make a difference, please contact Amanda Roberts, Director at (870) 262-1927 or via email at aroberts2@wrmc.com.

About #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give—the 2015 iteration will be held on December 1, 2015. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global moment dedicated to giving around the world.

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

1. Case Foundation: http://casefoundation.org/blog/givingtuesday-moves-campaign-tradition/