Leadership Columbia and Columbia Opportunity Resource Join National #GivingTuesday Movement

First South Carolina Non-Profit Organizations to Join Initiative

Columbia, S.C.Leadership Columbia, a program of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, and Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR) have joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. They are the first two S.C. non-profits to join in this endeavor.

Coinciding with the Thanksgiving holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday will inspire people to collaborate on improving their local communities by giving back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support. On Nov. 27, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national movement dedicated to giving during the holiday season.

Leadership Columbia Alumni Association will promote #GivingTuesday through a Leadership Extension Luncheon and by encouraging participation among its 1,700 alumni through social channels. Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR) will show its support through its Nov. 27 Action Team Meetup, encouraging participation among its members and network.

“Everyday giving is the backbone of Leadership Columbia and COR,” said Katherine Swartz, executive director of both organizations. “We are proud to be leading the South Carolina charge toward a concerted focus and effort of giving during the holiday season and encourage all Columbians and South Carolinians to not only open their wallets, but also spread the message about the importance of #GivingTuesday.”

#GivingTuesday began as an effort led by the 92nd Street Y in New York City to channel the generous spirit of the holiday season and inspire action toward charitable giving.  Each week, new organizations have joined the movement and are providing creative ways that people can embrace #GivingTuesday.

For more information about Leadership Columbia and COR participation in this initiative visit www.columbiachamber.com.

For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the website, like it on Facebook or follow #GivingTuesday on Twitter and use the #GivingTuesday.

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About Leadership Columbia

Leadership Columbia is an educational program offered through the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce. The 10 month program provides existing and emerging leaders in the Midlands area with an opportunity to enhance their civic knowledge and network. For 40 years, Leadership Columbia has helped participants better understand the local community, while building relationships with the region’s current and future leaders.

For more information on Leadership Columbia, visit www.columbiachamber.com or contact Katherine Swartz at 803.733.1123.

About COR

COR | Columbia Opportunity Resource connects young, talented professionals in the greater Columbia area to diverse and meaningful networks for leadership, service and fun.

We believe:

  -Vibrant networks attract, retain and motivate talented people;

  -Motivated and talented people create exciting communities; and

  -Exciting communities continually renew their talent pool.

Our vision is an innovative, energized and successful Columbia community that attracts, inspires, develops and retains the best talent in the world.  COR is a nonprofit 501(c)3 charitable organization and a strategic partner of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the Navigating from Good to Great Foundation and the City of Columbia.

For more information on COR, visit www.ourcor.org or contact Katherine Swartz at 803.733.1123.

About the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 1,500 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals in Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry and Richland counties. The Columbia Chamber serves as the voice of its members and the business community at large on matters of economic, educational, social, cultural and political concern, as well as supports and promotes the success of its members through networking, professional development, advocacy and leadership. The organization has represented the interests of the local business community since 1902.

To become a member or to learn more about the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, as well as its events, programs and initiatives, visit www.columbiachamber.com.

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