#GivingTuesday is December 1: donate to heritage area and partners

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area News Release

Contact: Sonia J. Smith, Outreach and Marketing Manager 
(785) 856-5304



Julie McPike , Managing Director 
(785) 856-5283

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area joins the #GivingTuesday movement to raise funds for partners

The fourth annual #GivingTuesday will take place on December 1, 2015 and we are proud to announce that Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area is taking part in it!

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area 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. Occurring on December 1, 2015, #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. 

Freedom's Frontier, one of 49 national heritage areas that preserve nationally significant historical and cultural regions, began as a grassroots organization. The partners (historical societies, museums, historic sites, battlefields, trails associations, archives and libraries, tourism organizations and others interested in preserving local history) in this bi-state heritage area work together to interpret, conserve and preserve history and historic sites along these three major themes: shaping the frontier, the Missouri-Kansas Border War, and the enduring struggle for freedom. The heritage area is comprised of 29 eastern Kansas and 12 western Missouri counties, with Freedom's Frontier as the coordinating entity, a nonprofit that provides partner support.

The Freedom's Frontier Facebook page will provide more details about the Freedom's Frontier #GivingTuesday campaign, as well as photos of staff and partners on Tuesday, December 1. Freedom's Frontier's campaign will benefit partner locations throughout the heritage area by creating more awareness of Freedom's Frontier and its partners, as well as offering a way to donate. Visitors to the donation Web page can indicate a specific heritage area partner in any of the 41 Kansas and Missouri counties for their donation, and that location will receive it.

Those who are interested in joining Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area's #GivingTuesday initiative can visit the #GivingTuesday donation page, or the Freedom's Frontier Facebook page.

About the #GivingTuesday movement
#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.

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 eponymous 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.

"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."

For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit #GivingTuesday, the #GivingTuesday Facebook page or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.

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Heritage Area Fast Facts

Mission: Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA) is dedicated to building awareness of the struggles for freedom in western Missouri and eastern Kansas. These diverse, interwoven, and nationally important stories grew from a unique physical and cultural landscape. FFNHA inspires respect for multiple perspectives and empowers residents to preserve and share these stories. We achieve our goals through interpretation, preservation, conservation, and education for all residents and visitors.

Kansas Counties: Allen · Anderson · Atchison · Bourbon · Chautauqua · Cherokee · Clay · Coffey · Crawford· Douglas · Franklin · Geary · Jackson · Jefferson · Johnson · Labette · Leavenworth · Linn · Miami · Montgomery · Neosho · Osage · Pottawatomie · Riley · Shawnee · Wabaunsee · Wilson · Woodson · Wyandotte

Missouri Counties: Barton · Bates · Buchanan · Cass · Clay · Jackson · Johnson · Lafayette · Platte · Ray · St. Clair · Vernon

Established: October 12, 2006

Web site: www.freedomsfrontier.org

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