#MyGivingStory contest opens today!  

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Every act of giving has a story…
what is yours?

#MyGivingStory is a social media storytelling contest created to foster a public conversation about giving and to inspire more people to give. From now through the end of November, we encourage you to share stories about how and why you give to the causes you care about.  We will be handing out a number of prizes throughout the month, with the winning story writers receiving grants up to $10,000 to give to their favorite nonprofit organization!

It’s easy to enter.  Just submit your story here and follow these three steps to start gathering votes:

  1. Write or record your #MyGivingStory: Think of a story, experience, or person that inspired you to give, choose which format you will use to tell your story (written essay or video), and write or record your story.

  2. Post your story: Go to our contest page and click on “Submit Here.” Select the nonprofit that would receive a grant if your story wins and upload your story.

  3. Share your story on social media! The more votes you get, the better your chances of winning one of our prizes!  Direct people to vote in the online gallery.  The 30 stories with the most votes will become the Finalists.

And remember to share with your network and community!  Use this toolkit to email your team members, volunteers, donors, and supporters and ask them to share their stories. The more stories, the more awareness and the better chances of your nonprofit receiving a grant award!

Some additional tips and requirements:

  • #MyGivingStory is open to legal residents of the U.S., who are age 13 and older.
  • Written entries must be between 150 and 1,200 words and may include a photo.
  • Videos must be between 30 seconds and 5 minutes in length and under 100 MB in one of the following formats: AVI, MOV, WMV, MP4, MPEG, FLV, 3GP, and 3G2.
  • All entries must be original, unpublished works.
  • Only one entry per entrant.

There’s no time like the present! Submit your story today and share so we can help celebrate how and why you give back!

– The #GivingTuesday Team

Click here to tweet: “The #MyGivingStory Contest is officially OPEN! Submit your story & your favorite nonprofit could win up to $10K! http://bit.ly/MyGivSt”
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