#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.
Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday helps to kick off the year-end giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back.
Amidst the challenges of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and after the cancelation of this past summer’s Drum Corps International Tour, getting involved on #GivingTuesday takes on a greatly magnified focus in 2020.
1. | Donate to DCI’s MarchOn Fund
With the cancelation of the 2020 DCI Tour due to the pandemic and 2021 shaping up to serve as a “bridge” to Drum Corps International’s 50th anniversary season, your support has never been needed more to ensure that the stadium lights continue shining bright for future generations of marching music performers.
2. | Donate to your favorite corps
During the pandemic, each of DCI’s performing ensembles has taken a different approach to ensuring they can continue to create incredible educational and performance opportunities for their memberships. Your donation will help support those efforts as they continue to work toward serving their missions and their eventual return to the Drum Corps International stage.
3. | Support DCI’s scholarship funds
Drum Corps International awarded more than $13,000 to deserving corps members this past August despite the DCI Tour going on hiatus and having to cut back on scholarship funding. With your support we can work to give back even more to these outstanding students in 2021. Here are a few of DCI’s annual scholarship funds that you can donate to today:
• IN STEP: Women of DCI Scholarship
• Gary Czapinski Memorial Scholarship
• Marching Music Health Wellness & Safety Project Scholarship
• Rodney Goodhart Memorial Scholarship
• Al Moffatt Memorial Scholarship
• Michelle Owens Memorial Scholarship
• Michael Boo Memorial Scholarship
4. | Amplify your holiday shopping
Amazon Smile is one of the most popular ways to directly support your favorite organization by doing something you already do on a regular basis, online shop. To date the company has given back more than $216 billion as part of the program. Simply choose Drum Corps International (or one of your favorite corps) as your charity of choice at smile.amazon.com and then shop like you normally would. Amazon will then donate a portion of your purchases back to your chosen organization.
5. | Share a post
We realize these are tough times for so many people around the world. A donation of any amount on #GivingTuesday is greatly appreciated; however, if you are unable to make a financial contribution at this time, please consider sharing DCI’s and your favorite corps’ social media posts, emails and web links with your friends, families and networks.