Willamette Week, our wonderful weekly words of wisdom here in Portland, wants to ask you a question. What will it take to get you to donate. As the holiday giving season begins, so does the annual Give! Guide campaign. Give! Guide is an annual fundraising event that was founded by Willamette Week seven years ago. Essentially, the Give! Guide is a group of 79 non-profits that come together and raise money for their various causes through a special format created by the WW. But there’s more! In order to encourage donations, those who donate certain amounts to their charity (or charities) of choice receive prizes. After all, what better way to get into the giving spirit than to get something in return?
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In order to kick the Give! Guide off right, WW will be hosting an event/show called Give! It Up PDX! This show is on November 11th and includes live music, beer and food, and many of the local non-profits participating in the Give! Guide. Bands include Boat and Heavy Nova, and there will be music by DJ Safi as well. This is the first year that the Give! Guide will be kicked off with a show, and it doesn’t look like it will disappoint.
Give! It Up PDX! Facebook page. Become a fan!
It is understandable if people feel reluctant to donate, especially us soon to be graduates who can barely afford coffee. But I think that at the least, Give! It Up PDX! will be a fun night on the town and its all for a good cause. If you think you can’t afford giving this year, think about ways you can cut back on spending in order to give a little. It never hurts to help others and a little good karma goes a long way.