Why Giving Tuesday Matters to Me

This week, as we sit down with our loved ones and friends to share meals, share memories, and share thanks, all of us here at Born This Way Foundation want to take a moment to thank all of YOU.

We would not have been able to do any of the amazing things we have accomplished this year if it was not for the endless generosity and support of our community. The foundation was created in response to your fears, your hopes and our collective dream for a kinder, braver, and more accepting society.

This Giving Tuesday is an oHolding handspportunity for you to help us continue to grow. Last year, your generous donations helped us expand our team and in turn we were able to reach more young people than ever before! We were able to bring together hundreds of students from around the country to take part in a vital conversation about school climates. We were able to help launch a movement to make the internet a safer and more inclusive space for young people and all users. And with amazing partners from Mattel to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, we were able to bring the conversation around kindness to the next level.

This year, your generosity on Giving Tuesday can help us to continue this progress. It will help support our new initiative – Channel Kindness – as we bring together youth reporters across the country to use their eyes, ears, and hearts to change the narrative on young people in the media.

It will also help us continue our Born Brave Experience Study. Currently in its third phase, we’ve already collected data from thousands of youth to better understand how we can support their empowerment and wellness.

But, in order to do this, we need your support.

This holiday season we hope you remember that every dollar you donate counts and goes towards our programming and the young people we work with and work for. We are so thankful to have such amazing partners and supporters that inspire us every day and make our work possible. Thank you.

Kindly Yours,

Maya Enista Smith