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On Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of charities, families, businesses, and individuals to encourage people to collaborate in improving their local communities and the world by giving to charities and causes that they support. The event, which is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, began in 2012 when several organizations led by the 92nd Street Y in New York City came together to promote and celebrate the American tradition of giving and the generous spirit of the holiday season. In 2015, the movement brought together over 45,000 partners in 71 countries and helped to raise nearly $117M in the United States alone.
Because the Danforth Center is a not-for-profit organization, donors are essential partners in our efforts to advance plant science to help end hunger and promote environmental sustainability throughout the world while strengthening the St. Louis region. The Center has participated in the #GivingTuesday since 2014, and all gifts are directed to the Innovation Fund, which supports priority projects in areas that include new technology, education and outreach, and more. Donors can make a special gift to the Center on November 29th via the Center’s secure online giving page, available here, or by calling Mike Mason at 314-587-1044. Donors are also encouraged to use social media to share information about #GivingTuesday and their reasons for supporting the Danforth Center with friends, family members, and colleagues. Joan Culver, Danforth Center Committee Member I'm involved with the Danforth Center because... mindful planning for the future simply makes sense for ourselves, our nation and our world.
“We know the global population continues to grow and we know each person has to eat. Arable land is finite and water is becoming more scarce thus producing enough food to feed the world is a critically important challenge. This situation will affect our grandchildren and theirs. At the Danforth Center, scientists address these realities every day through plant research. They investigate how to grow stronger more nutritious crops in partnership with the environment to help ensure future generations can continue to thrive. And this effort grows more than plants, it “grows” the St. Louis region as an important plant science hub (think jobs). Paying ahead to feed the world, preserve the environment and bring jobs to St. Louis – that is a win-win.
— 842 million people, or approximately one in eight worldwide are undernourished —
For more information about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit www.givingtuesday.org or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.
The Danforth Center gratefully accepts contributions of many kinds. Please see the convenient giving options here for more information about how you can support our mission to improve the human condition through plant science in whatever form is most convenient for you.
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