10 Ways to Give Back for #GivingTuesday

10 Ways to Give Back for #GivingTuesday


After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday, a global day for giving back. Check out these 10 easy ways to give back with AGC this season, including how to support innovation in education at no cost to you! 

1. Sign up to give for free: Your holiday shopping can support AGC with a few clicks of the mouse. Simply visit Smile.Amazon.com and choose The Academy for Global Citizenship to receive .5% of your Amazon spending from now on. See other ways your everyday purchases can support AGC, with Target, GoodSearch and more! 

2. Honor a loved one: Stumped by holiday giving? Honor a friend, mentor, or loved one with a gift and AGC will send a personal letter of thanks. Click to give.

3. Sponsor an AGC program or event: Sponsorships help your company, group or foundation increase awareness, generate good press and access new markets! AGC’s annual gala, Chefs’ Playground, offers visibility to over 4 million potential customers through TV, print and social media impressions. View sponsorship opportunities here.

4. Double your impact: Most employers will match employee contributions or volunteer hours. Talk to your employer today!

5. Give the gift of breakfast: Support 100% organic breakfast and lunch for one student for only $40/month. Click here to learn how.

6. Be Net Positive: AGC is working to build the state’s first Energy Net Positive School Campus. For a limited time only, all contributions to our Net Positive campaign will be matched by the George and Amanda Hanley Foundation! Click to learn more about our sustainable hub.

7. Make a long term plan: Planned giving, through a bequest, charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust ensures our future strength at no cost to you during your lifetime and can reduce taxes for your heirs. Click here to learn more. 

8. Give stock: Donating stock or securities will allow you to earn the full tax benefits of the value of your shares and avoid capital gains taxes. Contact us to learn more.

9. Schedule giving: Schedule a recurring gift of any size. Your continued support means the world to our students, teachers, and families. As a Chicago Public Charter School, AGC receives inequitable funding and must raise half a million dollars each year to keep our doors open, despite spending less per student than an equivalent district-operated school. Click to schedule a monthly gift.

10. Spread cheer: Tell the world about the work AGC is doing to develop mindful leaders for the future by sharing posts from our blog, Facebook or Twitter feeds.

Thank you for your generous support this Giving Tuesday!

Week One “Dream School” Campaign Update

Week One “Dream School” Campaign Update

One week ago, we launched the first phase of a campaign for our Net Positive school building on the crowd-funding site IndieGoGo.com. Our hope was that we could spread our campaign out from the heart of AGC – from our families, faculty and friends – to share our vision with extended family, fans of our mission and create an organic outward flow.

As a community of dreamers and risk takers, we entered this campaign with sky-high expectations and our community rose to meet those expectations. And then some.

In the first two days of the campaign, we raised $17,453 through donations of all sizes from 244 people.

Our ever-growing tree of love: Cash and phone donations by Pod at our K-2 building.

This early spike was achieved through an incredible union of our entire extended community; parents, staff and committee and board members sent emails, made countless phone call and flooded social media with news of our launch. As a result, we were featured on the IndieGoGo homepage by the third day of our campaign.

When our students started donating their own money, dollars earned through chores or raised in innovative ways, our high expectations were, once again, met and exceeded.

We’d like to take a moment to share some beautiful moments and notes we received from families from the first week of our campaign.

Moment #1: Kindergarten parents, one of whom  worked all night, camped out in our “campaign room” from 7:30 AM- 1:00 PM, calling friends and family for donations and sending calls-to-action out through every form of online communication imaginable. The least we can offer them was what their son enjoys every day: a freshly prepared organic meal by fellow AGC parent, Chef Eddie.

Note #1: The honor is mine, to see how much the teachers at AGC love our children.  Thank you for all of your dedication, it is truly impressive and admirable.  GO ORCAS!

Moment #2: An AGC parent emails a friend who works her Mosque on a whim and ended up being invited to meet with the spiritual leader, who had high praise for our school and this parent’s incredible devotion to it and agreed to donate on behalf of the religious community.

Note #2: The gift is our way of supporting AGC’s mission as I see my kids, thriving not only academically, but socially.  They live and carry themselves as true “global citizens” and it’s just amazing!

Moment #3: A teaching assistant offers to match the next 10 $5 donations.

Note #3: My husband and I are grateful for all the staff at AGC; they are  a great example of character to them.  Its a blessing and a privilege to be part of the AGC community.

Moment #4:  A 7 year old girl comes to school with $20- the chore money she has been saving for months in anticipation of a trip to Disney World.

Note #4:

That’s not just any slide, that’s a rendering of the energy-generating playground we hope to build in our dream school. Why did a 7-year-old donate $20 of her own money? “Because I’m a global citizen and its the right thing to do.”

Moment #5: Ms. Salas’s 3rd grade class spontaneously founded a company, “the Cup Creation Club,” and starts selling crafts made from non-compostable snack cups at the open house. “All we needed to do was collect all the cups that we used for snack and then we washed them and created things! We made bobble heads, maracas, bug catchers and ant farms.”

Note #5: What inspired this? We asked the representative from CCC.  “Just knowing that my sister and I can go to the same school.”

Our campaign on IndieGoGo.com is now up to $21,348, one week after launch, but we still need “all hands on deck” to keep the momentum going so we can raise the $28,652 left to meet our goal.

This is more than a school; it’s a vision for a Net Positive future: one where schools give more than they take, both through generating more energy, through geothermal, wind and solar sources than they use in a given year, and through giving back to their community by serving as a hub of community resources. Please help spread this vision to help realize our community’s dream for a Net Positive future.

Invite friends, family, coworkers and fellow visionaries to join our campaign at www.indiegogo.com/agcdreamschool.