CSM #GivingTuesday on Dec. 1 Adds Mobile Giving, Tweeting to Impact Student Scholarships

College Participates in Worldwide Online Giving Event

The College of Southern Maryland Foundation has added new ways that make it easy and fun for supporters to participate in the 24-hour online #GivingTuesday event Dec. 1, a one-day social media campaign to raise $30,000 for CSM scholarships.

This year, in addition to giving online http://bit.ly/1O7ZBWv, supporters can also make donations directly through mobile giving by texting GiveCSM to 27722 or by tweeting the donation amount to @CSMHeadlines and #tinygive. CSM's #GivingTuesday also provides opportunities for supporters to win hourly prizes.

An international day of generosity following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday focuses on philanthropy and giving to others after those days of frenzied consumerism. Donations to CSM's 24-hour, online GivingTuesday event will support scholarships to help students afford degree programs as well as career and trades programs; attract the best and brightest in our region; encourage completion of degrees and certificates; and support student life and athletics.

This fall the CSM Foundation awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships. “The foundation's goal is to raise more funds for scholarships to strategically address the affordability, access and completion barriers that our residents face in trying to attend college or obtain the career and workforce training needed to develop and advance in a rewarding career. It is critical that we help our students afford college without incurring thousands in debt so they reach academic goals, they are our region's future—the educators, engineers, nurses, electricians and welders that will support our workforce tomorrow,” said Rané Franklin, chair of the CSM Foundation.

Supporters and donors can choose to double their impact by giving to a “matching” scholarship fund, in which every dollar donated to specific scholarships will be matched by the donor. A listing of these matching scholarships can be found on the CSM Foundation’s website http://impact.csmd.edu.

CSM's #GivingTuesday Matchmaker Sponsors include: AVIAN, Calvert County Chamber of Commerce, Linda Cox in memory of Donald R. Cox, Toni Zanelotti Kruszka and Neany, Inc.  CSM's Power Hour Sponsors include:  Coldwell Banker Jay Lilly Real Estate, Exelon Generation, Mason Investment Advisory Services, Inc., SMECO and Vyalex Management Systems. #UNselfie sponsors are CSM Foundation Directors Leah Estevez, Ruth Ann Ferrell, Brenda Lowe, Nancy Hempstead, Jean Marie and Donald McDougall, Kim Rosenfield, Birdie Shannon and Gary Simpson.

Donations made during power hours on Dec. 1 will be eligible for prize packages. Power hours are Early Bird, 7 to 8 a.m.; Morning Delight, 10 to 11 a.m.; Lunch Break, 2 to 3 p.m.; Dinner Dash, 7 to 8 p.m. and Last Call, 11 to 11:59 p.m. Prizes include a spa package from Jacqueline Morgan Day Spa, zip line passes at Empower Adventures, gift certificate to Brick Wood Fired Bistro, tickets and parking to a University of Maryland men's basketball game, and tickets to the Wizards vs. Celtics basketball game.

To #GiveCSM on #GivingTuesday beginning at 12 a.m., Dec. 1, visit http://bit.ly/1O7ZBWv.