Tis the Season for #GivingTuesday with 100 Hispanic Women of Westchester

#GivingTuesday with 100 Hispanic Women of Westchester

Yesterday marked the 5th year of the #GivingTuesday initiative, which last year alone raised $116 million dollars in online donations through 92Y, in partnership with United Nations Foundation.

#GivingTuesday falls on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving Thursday, just in time to start the Holiday festivities!  It’s also an amazing opportunity many of us have to give back to our communities and support a great cause.

Related: #GivingTuesday: Learn more about your Charity before you Donate

The Business Ahead was invited to experience this firsthand with 100 Hispanic Women of Westchester’s  (#100HWW) Annual Three Kings Day Toy Drive and Networking Event, which was held yesterday at Zuppa’s Restaurant & Lounge in Yonkers, NY. 

Despite the down-pour of rain most of the day, dedicated members and guests did not let this damper their giving-mood as they arrived with unwrapped toys in hand, ready to mingle and have an amazing time. As we entered, we were greeted with bright smiles and warm hugs by 100HWW board members, while the music, by  DJ Juan Carlos Macias, energized you to get on the dance floor with Salsa & Merengue, as well as some ol’ school jams.

Sponsors of the event included Goya Foods, New York Life, Yonkers Brewery and Zuppa  Resturant.  Raffle prizes included contributions from Goya Foods, Latina Magazine and DTP Wines.  

We are honored to have been part of the festivities and able to share details of this great non-for-profit organization with our readers.

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About the Organization:

100 Hispanic Women of Westchester is a non-for-profit organization serving Westchester and surrounding areas to foster enrichment opportunities for women and support young Latinas aspirations for higher education, while building bridges with members & the community.Each year, as part of their Young Latinas Leadership Institute (YLLI) program, 100HWW grants scholarships to young Latinas looking to pursue college degrees.

Meiling Macias-Toro is the New President of 100 Hispanic Women of Westchester, who served on the board for over twelve years prior.  The remaining board of Latinas have also been long standing members of 100HWW, a few of which have just joined the Board this year.

Together, they make an amazing team, which was very evident at the Toy Drive their team approach towards the event was uplifting – working together to truly make this event such a success.  Their eagerness & dedication to serve the Latina community is truly inspiring!



#GivingTuesday: Learn more about your Charity before you Donate

#GivingTuesday: Learn more about your Charity before you Donate

Giving back during the holidays is as time-honored tradition as much as the Salvation Army bells ringing outside department stores are.

So much so, that the The New York-based organization, 92Y, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation created a day dedicated to doing so.  This year marks the fifth year the United States has designated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving as #GivingTuesday.

According to Better Business Bureau, 92Y, in partnership with United Nations Foundation,  #GivingTuesday has raised over $116 million dollars in online donations last year from over 700,000 donors.

The benefits to donating your time, money and effort to charities is the amazingly warm feeling of helping those in need.  For businesses, it shows commitment & concern to their community.  It’s also an opportunity for a business to increase their Visibility with their customers, as they align with charities & important causes.

Choosing the right charities can be challenging, so here are a few suggestions on how to learn more about the Charity you are donating to.

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance has been helping donors on how to find out more information on the organization(s).  To learn more on these, visit Give.org to verify if the charity meets the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability.

Another way to learn about your charity is making an appointment with someone at the charity to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.  Their website is another great source of information, as well as inquiring within your network.

Lastly, if you are a charity and want to start the free accreditation process, visit their Free Accreditation Process page.

Happy Giving! Happy Holidays! #GivingTuesday