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Baltimore businesses prepare for #GivingTuesday

Stacy M. Brown | 11/22/2013, 6 a.m.
Photo Caption: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and more than 15 businesses and non-profits participating in the “BMoreGivesMore” campaign encourage residents to donate during the second annual #GivingTuesday initiative on Tuesday, December 3, 2013. The goal is to raise $5 million to benefit Baltimore charities making Baltimore the nation’s most generous city. Courtesy Photo/Office of the Mayor

— To make individual donations go even further on #GivingTuesday, local businesses have also signed on to sponsor matching funds. Current matching fund sponsors include Michele’s Granola and Charm City Run. Interested donors can visit the website to make a pledge to give prior to December 3 or check in to get updates on participating nonprofit projects, events and rewards sponsors.

“While our big goal is monetary, we believe that a culture of contribution is about much more than dollars. Our, ‘BMoreGivesMore,’ campaign is also an organized day of volunteering, creative community initiatives and celebration,” McDonald said.

A local ice cream maker and granola company are teaming up to create a “BMoreGivesMore,” flavor, while a local Crossfit gym is offering a special workout, she said.

Also, Constellation, one of the largest companies in the city, will sponsor a day of volunteering.

“Even though some of these efforts may not contribute to the $5 million goal, they are a huge part of building excitement for the day. Because while this national effort offers a wonderful platform to raise awareness of the importance of giving back to our communities, it's really a means to celebrate what happens every day in a big way. It's truly growing into a local army of givers,” McDonald said.