The Mountain View Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation has joined the #GivingTuesday movement, a global day of giving aimed at harnessing the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity.
#GivingTuesday, scheduled Nov. 28 this year, is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to inspire people to collaborate in improving their communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
The Mountain View Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation plans to apply funds raised to its Scholarship Mountain View program.
“Our big, audacious goal is to raise $200,000 by March 1, 2018, so that we can make Scholarship Mountain View a four-year program,” said Julie Conde, executive director of the foundation. “We want to help as many Mountain View graduating high school students get their bachelor’s degree.”
According to Conde, all funds raised directly support student scholarships.
“The more money we raise, the more students we can help,” she said, noting that its Scholarship Mountain View program has grown from awarding two $1,500 scholarships in 2009 to 13 scholarships totaling more than $55,000 this year.
To be eligible for Scholarship Mountain View, students must come from a disadvantaged socioeconomic background that would deter them from pursuing higher education.
Scholarship Mountain View partnered with the city of Mountain View, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, the Advancement Via Individual Determination program and district teachers.
“#GivingTuesday is to the nonprofit sector what Black Friday or Cyber Monday is to retail,” Mountain View Mayor Ken Rosenberg said. “In an area as fortunate as ours, it is important that we can collectively give back either time or money to help those in need.”
For more information on the initiative, visit givingtuesday.org.