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ACTvent Social Giving Project

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Following a rough November, I launched a social media giving project called ACTvent [a totally non-religious spin on Advent] with my husband on December 1. We spent the first three weeks of the month highlighting 21 organizations that work with and for our country's most vulnerable. We ran the project through Facebook to build a community of supporters, and encouraged them through a daily post and email to join us in making a small gift. In all, we raised awareness a few thousand dollars for an array of worthy groups – from NAACP LDF and Planned Parenthood, to Earthjustice and Trevor Project – and fostered a sense of hope and determination during a dark time.