On December 2, 2014, the third annual “Giving Tuesday” saw record-breaking charitable donations, with more than 27,000 partners from 68 countries raising more than $45.68 million for charitable causes. According to GivingTuesday.org, online giving increased by 63% from the 2013 effort and mobile transactions increased by 101%. “Giving Tuesday” received significant attention on most social media platforms, reaching over 335,000 users via Facebook posts and the Twitter hashtag “#GivingTuesday” being used over 754,000 times.
As suggested by the Case Foundation, the powerful concept of uniting the globe in a day of giving back, along with a comprehensive campaign, has made “Giving Tuesday” a successful initiative. Giving Tuesday is poised to grow in the years to come.
Continuing the theme of charitable giving, BLH Technologies awarded our Teammate of the Year award to a staff member who best exemplifies the attributes described in legendry basketball coach Coach John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success. Coach Wooden identified fifteen personal qualities and values believed to be intrinsically necessary for success; these include industriousness, initiative, loyalty, skill, poise, and competitive greatness, among others.
As part of the reward associated with becoming Teammate of the Year, the recipient is given the opportunity to select organizations to which BLH provides a generous donation. This year’s recipient selected the following organizations:
- The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital’s mission is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. With research and patient care under one roof, St. Jude provides a home for some of the most gifted researchers to do science more quickly.
- The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) was the first national nonprofit organization dedicated solely to brain tumors. ABTA’s mission is to advance the understanding and treatment of brain tumors with the goals of improving, extending and, ultimately, saving the lives of those impacted by a brain tumor diagnosis.
- The Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless provides solutions to end homelessness in Montgomery County, Maryland. Its vision is to build a community where everyone has a safe, stable, and affordable place to call home.
“At BLH, we consider the notion of giving something to be done throughout the year,” says President and CEO, Benjamin L. Harris. “It is nice, especially during the holiday season, to be reminded of those in need and ways in which we can help our fellow neighbors.”
BLH Technologies is a professional and technical services firm offering talent and skill to Federal and State governments and private-sector businesses in four core areas: (1) communications and outreach, (2) data analytics and research, (3) safety monitoring, and (4) technology solutions. BLH’s Web site is www.blhtech.com.