Every Tuesday is Giving Tuesday for buildOn, but the official day is one of our favorite of the year. It’s a day that follows giving thanks and getting deals that’s all about giving back. So this Giving Tuesday, get out and serve your community, or just spread a little extra kindness. And if you want to help keep the giving going all year long, consider making a gift to buildOn on Giving Tuesday. Here are a seven great reasons you should:
1. We can end poverty and illiteracy. But we can’t do it alone.
Today, there are 781 million people worldwide unable to read and write their own names. In the U.S., 43 million people are living below the poverty line. We can end illiteracy and poverty, but it will take every person working together to solve it. By equipping rural villages in the world’s economically poorest countries with the help needed to build their own schools, and empowering young people with the skills needed to serve their underserved cities, we’re breaking this cycle, but we need your help to do it.
2. Donations are doubled on Giving Tuesday
Our friends at Rodan + Fields are huge supporters of buildOn’s work, and they want you be a part of the movement, too. That’s why they’re matching donations made to buildOn on Giving Tuesday.* Your gift will have twice the impact helping break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations.
* Up to $100,000 of donations made directly to buildOn at buildOn.org/give. Does not apply to buildOn Community Teams or other individual fundraising projects.
3. Help locally. Give Globally.
You don’t have to choose between helping your neighbors in need and helping people struggling thousands of miles away. buildOn’s global approach — serving underserved communities in U.S. and rural villages in the developing world — means you can make an impact locally and globally with one gift. Your donation will both help teens serve the hungry and homeless in their communities and help build schools abroad where they’re needed most.
4. Donation fees are waived – 100% of your gift goes to buildOn
Our technology partners at Classy.org know a lot about giving. Not only do they power buildOn’s giving technology – they even went on Trek with us to build a school in Nepal last spring! Their generosity is in full effect this Giving Tuesday with donation fees waived, so 100% of your donation goes to support our programming.
5. Make a sustainable investment
When you give to buildOn, your donation is just the beginning. When a new school is constructed with buildOn, a generation of students is educated increasing their earning power an estimated 10% for each year completed. When a teen serves his community with us, he misses 2 times fewer days of school than his peers him more likely to graduate. That’s why 97% of our U.S. students finish high school in four years and 83% go on to college. This is how we’re breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations.
6. Help for every member of the community
From the second-graders our U.S. high school students tutor each week, to the 70-year old women learning to write their names for the first time in our global Adult Literacy Program, buildOn helps every member of the communities we serve — even those who are too often overlooked. So while your gift helps us build schools for kids in developing countries, it’s also helping serve homebound seniors, people with disabilities and the homeless here in the U.S.
7. Our model proven and trusted
We’ve been on the front lines of the fight to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations for more than twenty-five years, empowering U.S. youth to give more than 2 million hours of community service and empowering communities worldwide to give more than 2 million volunteer days building schools. For 13 consecutive years, buildOn has earned a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator. Only 1% of the charities rated have received at least 13 consecutive 4-star evaluations for fiscal responsibility, so you know you’re making a sound investment when you give to buildOn.