Last fall on November 29, 2016, people from around the world gave generously to St. Vladimir's Seminary’s #GivingTuesday campaign—$127,800! (#GivingTuesday follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and its annual place on the calendar reminds people globally to give to non-profits and charitable causes.) Our school in turn gave 10% of what it received to IEIRA, an online university in Guatemala that gives hope and a future to Orthodox youth from Hogar Rafael Ayau and San Miguel de Lago orphanages.
This year, our seminary will once again participate in #GivingTuesday, scheduled for Tuesday, November 28, and once again, it will be tithing 10% of the total funds raised to our select non-profit partner for 2017: Pro Vita Association for the Born and Unborn in Romania, an organization that provides healthcare and education to family members in need. Pro Vita encourages the well being of family units being torn apart by economic stress, and often prevents the heartbreaking decision by a desperate mother to abort her unborn child.
“We can impact an incredible number of people if we give to St. Vladimir’s Seminary on #GivingTuesday, November 28,” said Archpriest Chad Hatfield, president of the seminary. “If we can raise $100,000 on #GivingTuesday, our alms will not only help seminarians in here in New York but also families in Romania.”
“Also, although we build up to a fever pitch on the actual day of #GivingTuesday, folks can give beforehand (here) if it’s more convenient for them, and we’ll simply count those funds in our final total,” Fr. Chad remarked. “In fact, I want to thank Holy Ghost Russian Orthodox Church in Bridgeport, CT, as the first parish to give to #GivingTuesday 2017, with their give of $1,000.
“As we launch our campaign,” he continued, “I’d like to encourage other parishes and individuals to join in the spirit and raise funds for our seminary operations and student services. A multitude of resources may be found on our website’s #GivingTuesday 2017 Toolkit.
“Thanks to all our friends and alumni in advance, and let the fun and spirit of giving reign!,” he concluded.