By JUDITH THOMAS
On Tuesday, Dec. 3, Step Up For Students is participating in Giving Tuesday and would like your support to ensure a bright future for disadvantaged Florida schoolchildren.
To assist Florida children who can use a helping hand, please donate to Step Up here, or, better yet, get your friends and family involved with a Facebook Fundraiser.
“We encourage Step Up supporters and friends to create a Facebook Fundraiser for $99 this Giving Tuesday season,” says Karis Tuner, Step Up’s director, development. “We chose that amount because a major study by the Urban Institute showed that Florida Tax Credit students who were on the scholarship for at least four years were 99% more likely to attend college than their peers. That’s an amazing number and we believe it should be celebrated!”
Step Up’s goal is to have at least 99 Facebook Fundraisers created, raising an amount of $99 each. Click here for instructions on how to create a Facebook Fundraiser or watch this short video. Fundraisers can be created now through Dec. 3 for the Giving Tuesday campaign.
Kayla Fudge, a Step Up graduate who is featured in the video, is one of the 99% of students that is now attending college. She was on the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship for more than four years and graduated high school magna cum laude with a 3.89 grade point average. Thanks to Step Up supporters like you, she has a very bright future ahead of her. She is only one of #99ReasonsToGive this Giving Tuesday. Learn more about her story here.
Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y in New York to generate online donations to charities on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It falls after Black Friday and Cyber Monday and was created as a day to give back before the end of the year.
In 2018, over $400 million where raised online, and overall, the Giving Tuesday movement has raised more than $1 billion online in the U.S. alone in the past seven years, according to the Giving Tuesday organization.
A gift made to Step Up today means disadvantaged children like Kayla can access numerous educational resources that best suits their needs.
Step Up provides scholarships to more than 136,000 schoolchildren in Florida through five scholarships that help lower-income families, students with special needs, students who are victims of bullying and struggling readers.
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