What is #GivingTuesday?

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Wow, that was fast! The holiday season is here already.

This wonderful time of year full of joy and laughter evokes a spirit of giving and togetherness that can make a real difference for many in our community.

As individuals step forward to help others in need, the words of Helen Keller remain powerful and true: “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” This is the foundation on which Giving Tuesday was established.

Coming Together on Giving Tuesday

After the excitement of the deals to be had on Black Friday and Cyber Monday dies down, people from across the globe come together to celebrate non-profits, the work that they do and the people that make it all possible. In doing so, they change countless lives.

Giving Tuesday, often stylized as #GivingTuesday for purposes of hashtag activism, was created to help kick off the “giving season,” reminding people that there is more to holidays than consumerism and commercialization.

How to Celebrate Giving Tuesday

At Ochsner, Giving Tuesday 2018 is supporting the Excellence Fund, which is supported entirely by the generosity of our donors.

Annually, teams throughout Ochsner submit applications and a committee selects projects to receive support from the fund. These projects create opportunities for improvements and innovations in patient care that are changing and saving lives every day.

Since 2013, donors have helped support 146 projects. In 2018, the committee received 103 applications and the Excellence Fund provided $254,883 to the 19 projects that were selected.

Through the help of our donors and our entire team here at Ochsner, we are able to continue carrying out our vision of being a global medical and academic leader that changes and save lives.

Each one of you plays a significant part in Ochsner's success, and we thank you for your support and your commitment. We hope that you will join us and others in our community on Giving Tuesday to spread the message of generosity during this holiday season.

You can join the movement, by visiting Ochsner.org/givingtuesday and making a gift – no donation is too small.

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