Miss Wallace M. Leonard Foundation Offers South Shore Conservatory $40K Challenge Grant for #GivingTuesday

giving-tuesday-2016The Miss Wallace M. Leonard Foundation has offered a generous $40K matching gift challenge grant to inspire donors to contribute to South Shore Conservatory’s (SSC) #GivingTuesday campaign.

#GivingTuesday 2016, which takes place on November 29, following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, focuses national attention on a day dedicated to philanthropic giving. For every dollar donated to SSC on November 29, the Miss Wallace M. Leonard Foundation will match that contribution up to a total of $40K, increasing their commitment from last year’s campaign.

giving-tuesday-2016-1The late Miss Leonard was committed to expanding opportunities for those who would otherwise go without, and had a deep respect for education, helping the disadvantaged and supporting human achievement. This enhanced challenge in support of SSC’s #GivingTuesday campaign recognizes both Miss Leonard’s generosity and SSC’s mission of building community through the arts.

In a statement, Trustees of the foundation wrote, “On behalf of the Miss Wallace Leonard Foundation, we trustees are pleased to support SSC through our renewed commitment to Giving Tuesday and to encourage others to do the same.  SSC plays a unique role in our region’s artistic and educational life, bringing the transformational benefits of the arts to so many people – young and old – whose lives are enriched and often changed through the work of SSC.”

SSC first joined thousands of non-profit organizations in the #GivingTuesday effort in 2013, with a very successful campaign.  The first year SSC surpassed its own #GivingTuesday fundraising goal, raising over $30K, in less than 24 hours, for children to participate in SSC’s transformational programs. Donations to SSC on #GivingTuesday are applied to SSC’s Annual Fund, which supports all areas of its work. As a non-profit, SSC relies on charitable donations to make up 30% of its annual budget. This philanthropic movement has transformed how people participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday invites donors to take action by giving back to the charities and causes they support.

To join SSC’s #GivingTuesday initiative, please visit www.sscmusic.org.

About South Shore Conservatory

South Shore Conservatory, (SSC) has been providing access to and enriching the lives of South Shore residents through music and the arts for over 45 years. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, not-for-profit, community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving over 3500 students of all ages and abilities at its two beautiful campuses and in partnership with schools, and social service and community agencies throughout the South Shore. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama, with performance playing an important role in overall education. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers 30 professionally produced concerts annually.  Through innovative partnerships, SSC’s Creative Arts Therapies department supports the mental, emotional, and physical health of some of our community’s underserved members, and the ImagineARTS program strengthens pre-reading skills for young learners in Brockton Schools through integrated music and dramatic play. SSC’s campuses are located at One Conservatory Drive, Hingham, (781-749-7565) and 64 St. George Street, Duxbury (781-934-2731). SSC programs are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information call us, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram or visit www.sscmusic.org.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

About #Giving Tuesday

giving-tuesday-2016-logoEntering its fifth year, #GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give. It will culminate with a global day of giving on November 29, 2016. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners – charities, families, businesses and individuals – to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a global moment that is dedicated to giving around the world.

Created by the team at the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y—a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back—#GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. A team of influencers and founding partners joined forces, collaborating across sectors, offering expertise and working tirelessly, to launch #GivingTuesday and have continued to shape, grow and strengthen the movement.

To learn more about #GivingTuesday participant and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit www.givingtuesday.org.