By Amy Shapiro, Executive Director of Advancement & Operations
First there was Black Friday, then there was Cyber Monday, and now it’s the first-ever Giving Tuesday, a day to encourage people to give more, give smarter, and celebrate the spirit of giving this holiday season. We all love multitasking, especially during the busiest time of the year. So why not give gifts to the ones we love while also helping give back to our community?
Here at P.S. ARTS we’ve come up with not just one, but 4 fun and creative ways you can get through that holiday gift list while ensuring the 12,000 students we serve each week have arts classes to look forward to when they return to school in January. It’s a win win!
1. We’ll start with the obvious – a gift card. But not just any gift card, a GiviGiv gift card… when you buy gift certificates to LA’s best restaurants at givigiv.com/psarts, 20% of your purchase will go directly to P.S. ARTS! The first 100 people to sign up will get $25 GiviBucks in their account and you will have already raised $5 for P.S. ARTS. With restaurant partners like Gjelina, Toscana, and BLD, your gift is sure to be deliciously well received.
2. Want a gift that will last all year? How about a membership in the Friends of P.S. ARTS program? The benefits depend on the level of membership and include everything from tickets to our most popular events to private art lessons with a P.S. ARTS Teaching Artist. In January we will be launching our new Monthly Perks benefit (included with all contributions of $50+), where members are treated to special deals at our favorite restaurants and each month our partners will rotate. Coming up first: visit our friends at Ocean & Vine in the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel for 50% a bottle of wine with the purchase of two entrees. Sounds like a fun night in the making! See a full list of levels and corresponding benefits.
3. Looking for something they can open and enjoy right away? We’ve got a virtual merchandise store full of goodies! Limited edition P.S. ARTS t-shirts (for adults and kids), Chan Luu bracelets donated by Chan herself, Life Factory water bottles (with these you are supporting arts education and being kind to the environment – two causes in one!) and iPhone cases (4/4s and 5!) in black or white. Check out our full selection at The P.S. ARTS Store.
4. And what about all those people that should get more than a card but less than something you have to wait in line at the post office to mail? We’ve got an answer for that as well…Holiday Card Inserts! Add these cards (each featuring student artwork) to your existing holiday cards and let your friends know you have a made a donation to P.S. ARTS in their honor. Suggested contribution per card is $5 and they are available by calling 310.586.1017 or you can add some to your virtual shopping cart when you are picking up your limited edition t-shirt at the link above.
So there you go, holiday gift giving made easy. This Giving Tuesday and holiday season, you can buy gifts for family and friends that are truly meaningful. And it’s so much better than a fruit cake… although if we could figure out how to brand one of those, we’d probably offer that too!