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Thank you for supporting EmBe on Giving Tuesday and helping to make our community stronger one act of giving at a time. When you support EmBe this Giving Tuesday you’re also supporting women-owned businesses. According to a recent survey by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the number of female business owners who ranked their business’s overall health as “somewhat or very good” fell 13 points during the pandemic, from 60% in January to 47% in July 2020.

Each donor will have a chance to choose one women-owned business to support. Half of your donation will be used to purchase a gift card to the business of your choice. You will receive a follow up email by December 11 to make your selection and give us instructions on where to send your gift card via US Mail by December 15.

Participating women-owned businesses: Terra Shepherd Boutique & Apothecary, Child’s Play Toys, Love Marlow, Swamp Daddy’s Cajun Kitchen, Game Chest, Chelsea’s Boutique, Severance Brewing, The Spice & Tea Exchange, Ubwiza Boutique, Josiah’s, Juniper Apothecary, Oh My Cupcakes!

There are four great ways to support EmBe:

  1. DONATE! Donate on our Thrivent giving platform to support EmBe. We’ll email you after your gift so you can select a woman-owned business to support, if you’d like to. Plus donations made through Thrivent’s giving platform on Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2020, will be matched $1 for every $2 donated up to a total match of $20,000 per Thrivent Member Network ($10,000 for each of our two partner organizations).*

Here’s what makes our campaign different: donors, if they choose, can elect to “pay it forward” with half of their donation to support a woman-owned business. For example, a $100 donation will get the donor a $50 gift card to use at partner business; $50 will be a tax-deductible donation to EmBe to support our most urgent needs. At this time, those needs include childcare scholarships for families impacted by covid and the warm winter coats Dress for Success Sioux Falls clients need. The donor can also direct 100% of the donation to EmBe.

  1. Celebrate! Share photos, messages of gratitude and inspiration about the women in your lives and the difference they make. For each photo or message posted on Thrivent’s giving platform between November 24 and December 1, Thrivent will donate an additional $1 up to $1,000 for our organization!**
  2. Participate! Join us on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram throughout the day as we provide updates and highlight local women owned businesses.
  3. Share! Share this page with others to help maximize the impact and the match.

EmBe – Empowerment Starts Here
EmBe’s beginnings are rooted in meetings in 1921 that formed the YWCA in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The vision to serve women and families has remained strong, empowering people to create lives of meaning and purpose, creating a community that serves everyone well. Your gift today will support EmBe’s most pressing, urgent needs during this challenging time. Learn more at https://www.embe.org/about/

*All donations in support of this fundraiser will be made through InFaith Community Foundation. Thrivent will pay the online processing fees for personal donations made through InFaith Community Foundation up to $100,000 per calendar year. **Thrivent will donate $1 per photo or message posted on this page between 11/24/20 and 12/1/20 up to a $1000. The donation from Thrivent related to photos and messages posted on this page is not included in the match opportunity.