Giving Tuesday for NOWCastSA

On Dec. 3 we hope you will join NOWCastSA as we and hundreds of organizations worldwide celebrate #GivingTuesday and the CrowdRise #GivingTuesday Challenge.

Coming on the heels of of the consumer-centric Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday celebrates the most special part of community - giving back.

Anne Frank said it with uncommon wisdom: "No one has ever become poor by giving."

At NOWCastSA, #GivingTuesday is about an investment in the future of this community.

We just celebrated our fourth birthday, and #GivingTuesday will be the launch of our year-end fundraising and membership campaign so we can do even more good for the world in 2014.

Our goal is to raise $20,000 by Dec. 31 of this year. You can make a donation, become a member or give a gift membership any time right here,


What will that money do?

NOWCastSA's nonprofit mission is to facilitate civic engagement, empower the community with information, and democratize data, so we can make better informed choices in our lives.

In 2013, NOWCastSA produced nearly 220 hours of live, interactive webcasts of significant local events, from high school graduations and town halls, to budget hearings, candidate forums and community-wide commemorations such as World AIDS Day. Our interactive webcasts "open the room," giving access so hundreds more people can participate from mobile devices or computers anywhere in the world.

NOWCastSA also creates mobile-friendly maps to help you find early polling locations, vaccination clinics for kids, farmers markets and more. serves as a platform for anyone to build conversations around issues. Its four-person staff has already trained more than 500 people on journalism principles and digital media literacy.

This year, we learned that people live longer when they are better connected with their community.

So think of us as journalists without egos, promoting civic health.

On #GivingTuesday, you can help secure the future of the community treasure called NOWCastSA:

Thanks to our CrowdRise Challenge donors!

Donors helped NOWCastSA compete for grants and matching funds by donating through the CrowdRise #GivingTuesday Challenge at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The CrowdRise #GivingTuesday Challenge sponsors are matching the first $60,000 contributed by donors, and the first five competing organizations to recruit 20 donors will receive $1,000 grant - starting at 10 a.m. on #GivingTuesday.

What on earth does any of this have to do with Kevin Bacon?  Click here to see how Kevin Bacon told us about this great fundraising opportunity!