Philanthropy is at Our Core

Giving Tuesday

We all know and feel the excitement and craze over Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. “Tis the Season,” as some say. But what happened to expressing gratitude? #Giving Tuesday is a 24-hour online campaign that began in 2012, dedicated to encouraging people to make donations to charities, volunteer, and generally support philanthropic efforts.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not the uttered words but to live by them.”

~John F. Kennedy

Last year #GivingTuesday raised an estimated $45 million, with more than 15,000 non-profit organizations getting involved around the U.S., according to the Case Foundation. This year #GivingTuesday has inspired more than 30,000 organizations to participate. Below are a few of the charities that our team at Madison Commercial Properties has individually donated their time and/or money to in the last year:

Children’s Hospital Colorado
Eastern Hills Community Church
Crossroads Community Church
Jo Ann B. Ficke Cancer Foundation
A Precious Child: Supporting Kids in Colorado
– American Heart Association
– Denver Christian Schools
– Project Voyce
– Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver, Inc.
– Youth Roots
– Dance Marathon: Benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
– Feed My Starving Children

Special Note from Kyle Malnati: “When my brother died in 2011, we set up Billy Malnati Charitable Giving. I’ve written about how the death of my brother, Billy Malnati, has been an impact in my life. Initially, losing Billy felt like it could have a negative impact on my family, but I personally made a strong effort to turn my sorrow into joy. I understood that, despite the difficulties that I was going through, there were others that had it much worse than me. I chose to GIVE so that I would focus on others which led me stop feeling sorry for myself. I realize now that the death of my brother was a wake-up call for me. I have been blessed in my life with some amazing talents. It is important for me to set my family up for financial success, but after my family is taken care of, my blessings are also supposed to make the lives of others better. I took ownership in the fact that Billy no longer had a life to live, and I took responsibility for living my life as best as possible in his honor. That is why we started Billy Malnati Charitable Giving.”

Source:USA Today