SAM Joins #GivingTuesdayNow in Global Day of Giving and Unity on May 5

SAM Joins #GivingTuesdayNow in Global Day of Giving and Unity on May 5

#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.

At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on. It’s a day for everyone around the world to stand together and give back in all ways, no matter who or where we are.

As a small nonprofit organization (with a single staff member), the Saint Albans Museum relys on our dedicated volunteers – and our members and donors – to continue serving our community. Each year, over 80% of our funding comes from donations, admissions, gift shop sales, and memberships. In response to COVID-19, SAM made the difficult, but necessary, decision to postpone/cancel our spring programs and fundraising events, as well as to delay our summer opening. Now more than ever, we need your support to sustain our operations and our mission.

Operating currently as a “museum without walls,” we are finding innovative ways to provide content from our collections online to the public as well, via History from Home and our new podcast Northwest Passages.

“A sense of shared experiences, community memory, and a common heritage can help provide and sustain connection during these difficult times,” said Alex Lehning, Executive Director of the Saint Albans Museum. “Our goal is to provide new and accessible opportunities for education and engagement to our community members, families, and students, as well as any and all who feel a special connection or call our region home.”

People can show their generosity in a variety of ways during #GivingTuesdayNow, whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes, every act of generosity counts. The global movement will emphasize opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection even while practicing physical distancing.

“As a global community, we can mourn this moment of extreme crisis while also finding the opportunity to support one another. We each have the power to make an impact with acts of generosity, no matter how small, and to ensure the sustainability of organizations and services that are crucial to the care and support of our communities,” said Asha Curran, CEO of GivingTuesday. “#GivingTuesdayNow is a chance for us to stand united and use grassroots generosity to show that we are all in this together, beginning to end. Even as many face financial uncertainty, generosity is not about size. From calling an elderly neighbor to chat to offering translation help; from showing gratitude to our healthcare workers to donating to your local food bank, every act of kindness is a beacon of hope in this crisis. We all have something to give, and every act of human consideration and kindness matters.”

Those interested in joining the Saint Albans Museum’s #GivingTuesdayNow efforts can visit

For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, visit the GivingTuesday website (, Facebook page ( or follow @GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesdayNow on Twitter. For youth interested in joining the movement, visit for inspiration and project ideas.


About Saint Albans Museum

The mission of the Saint Albans Museum is to preserve and share the history of St. Albans, Franklin County, and northwestern Vermont through historical exhibitions, educational programs, arts performances, and special events. Each season we welcome thousands of visitors for tours and other family-friendly activities, as we share the stories of the people, places, and events that define our community.

About GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past eight years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give. GivingTuesday strives to build a world in which the catalytic power of generosity is at the heart of the society we build together, unlocking dignity, opportunity and equity around the globe.

#GivingTuesdayNow is organized by GivingTuesday, in partnership with its global network of leaders, partners, communities and generous individuals. GivingTuesday is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.