As you may or may not know, today is Giving Tuesday. A day where we can repent with our dollar, and generate enough warm fuzzies to obliterate any feelings around what we do with our money every other day of year.
Another day where the forces of mass communication can commodify, essentialize, and spin yet another aspect of our lives: our right to community participation.
Giving Tuesday is giving us at CounterPulse a moment to reflect. We reject the notion that philanthropy is something that can be commodified and compartmentalized into a single day of the year. Yet, we, like most nonprofits this time of year, are entering our annual giving campaign. We literally can’t do what we do without you, and still we know that your role at CounterPulse is more than your #donation. You are an essential part of our community if you’ve come to our shows, if you’ve cared about what we do, if you’ve volunteered your time, if you’ve joined the conversation.
So, where does that leave us? We’re calling it like we see it: participating while rejecting. This is critical engagement.
Our ask: make a donation to CounterPulse this December, and all year, in whatever way you can, in as many ways as it makes sense for you. We need your time. We need your voice. We need your art. We need your butt in a seat at our shows. We need your Facebook “likes,” your volunteer time, your praise, your engagement, your criticisms, your stories – and yep, we need your money.
So here it is:
Community is invaluable.
Philanthropy etymologically means “love of humanity” in the sense of caring, nourishing, developing and enhancing “what it is to be human” on both the benefactors’ and beneficiaries’ parts.
“Philanthropy.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.