If you’re on the interwebs today (you have to be if you’re reading this article, after all), then you’ve heard of Giving Tuesday. It’s the socially-conscious cousin of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, and a nation-wide trend encouraging people to support nonprofits the same way we’ve been showing support for consumerism.
We asked people to donate on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the biggest bar night of the year, and think of it as “buying us a drink:” $10 is one drink and a tip at a bar (ish), but can make a big difference for an organization like Speak About It. And, because we’re a nonprofit, all donations are tax-deductible, which is also pretty cool (though I’m not 100% what that means if you’re not donating a library or something).
So, as we’re encouraging you to support Speak About It today, on #givingtuesday, and everyday, we want to take a minute to talk about what your donation means to us.
$10 buys an AUX cord so the actors don’t have to listen to Shana sing in the minivan
$25 pays for dinner for two actors on the road (no beer, they’re on their own for that)
$50 covers a new traveling set (we’ll likely need at least two new ones next year)
$100 covers most of a hotel room for three actors for a night on the road
$275 pays one actor for a week of rehearsals (this fall, we spent almost 60 hours rehearsing and training with the 15 actors)
$600 keeps the lights and heat on in the office for one month (otherwise we have to work outside)
$1000 covers the cost of a one-person, day-long presentation about consent education, sexual assault prevention, language choice, and bystander intervention.
Why are we fundraising? We never want cost to be a prohibitive factor in spreading our message and sparking dialogues. In 2015, we want this to be widely accessible to high schools across the country. We want to hire smart, capable, passionate actors to do this work, and we need to be able to compensate them accordingly. Some of the best conversations and favorite audiences have been high school students, and we’re looking forward to bringing this to more classrooms and gymnasiums, libraries and study halls.
Your donation will help us ensure that we can visit every high school that wants us, and provide them with a talented, passionate group of actors who are supported by a strong administrative office. Together, you can help us speak about it.