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WHY GIVING TUESDAY? BE PART OF A GLOBAL GENEROSITY MOVEMENT, DECEMBER 3, 2019

In an era of global crisis and disconnection, we need new rituals to connect us. As the world’s largest giving movement, GivingTuesday is about going further, faster.

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. Generosity leads to greater civic participation and other pro-social behaviors.

Here in Northeast Indiana, The NIIC’s Giving Tuesday Campaign is to support the inventors,  innovators, creators, founders, business builders and innovative companies in our region.

Our goal is simple: raise $2020 in this, our first campaign. This ties to The NIIC’s 20th Anniversary in 2020.

That is simply 101 gifts of $20 each.

Help build a more just and generous world through GivingTuesday. Click here to donate and scroll to click the box that reads “This is a Giving Tuesday gift”.

#MYGIVINGSTORY – INSPIRING ENTREPRENEURIAL STORIES

KARL R. LAPAN, PRESIDENT & CEO, THE NIIC

Passion. Grit. Legacy. Overcoming fear. Hesitancy. Feeling overwhelmed.

These contradictory words describe the ups and downs aspiring business builders in our community face when building and growing a successful and sustainable venture. This is why they reach out to The NIIC/WEOC for a hand-up to access important business-building services. We walk alongside them in their entrepreneurial journeys.

For nearly 20 years, my family and I have been a “donor of record” at The NIIC. We financially support The NIIC, because we love what it does. We care about the programs offered to assist budding business builders. The NIIC has successfully fundraised from the government, its own fee for service programs, foundations and corporations. Yet, individual and family giving is a critical component of philanthropic and The NIIC’s future.

We believe in The NIIC’s mission, and more importantly, in the business builders operationalizing the purpose of The NIIC. Through all walks of entrepreneurial life. We recognize each business builder has a personalized entrepreneurial journey and story. The NIIC is an enabler, walking alongside our business builders to help them realize their full entrepreneurial, human, and community potential.

This is why we give to The NIIC. We invest in the hometown team – creating higher quality, higher-paying jobs, and cool companies for Northeast Indiana. We are NIIC proud!

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#MYGIVINGSTORY – DISRUPTORS FOR THE GOOD

TAMMY Y. ALLEN, DIRECTOR | MARKETING & PROGRAMS, THE NIIC

One of my favorite books is Grit to Great “G.R.I.T. – Guts, Resilience, Initiative, Tenacity.” I GET to work at a place (The NIIC) that serves entrepreneurs. They model this every day, working their businesses.

These disruptors of the ordinary are innovative spirits, who make our world better through their products and services. They make me better-challenging me to be a disruptor, too. That’s #MyGivingTuesday story, why I give.

BioPoly, LLC-Founder Herb Schwartz started his company at the kitchen table of his home… he and Sheila-his wife and VP of Operations-lead the company on a mission to help patients regain active, pain-free lives

For Regina Cannady, Founder of Bounce Back of Indiana, a 501(c)(3), was not part of her original plan.

Innovation knows no age, as proven by Mitchell and Connor Skees, Founders of 3B Apps.

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