ACPE is Joining the Global GivingTuesday Movement to support innovation in spiritual care & the next generation of spiritual care educators

ACPE News | October 28, 2019

This GivingTuesday, ACPE will celebrate giving by raising $7,500 to support innovation in spiritual care & the next generation of spiritual care educators and providers. 

GivingTuesday, taking place December 3rd, is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage giving and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Every year, on GivingTuesday, millions of people across the globe mobilize to show up, give back, and change their communities. The goal is to create a massive wave of generosity that lasts well beyond that day, and touches every person on the planet.

This year marks the fifth year of ACPE’s participation in GivingTuesday. This national day of giving has been a great way for ACPE to mobilize our supporters and raise awareness about why effective spiritual care is important, especially when people are in the midst of the most vulnerable moments in their lives. ACPE equips people to be with individuals and families of all cultural and religious backgrounds during these difficult times.  In previous years, ACPE used GivingTuesday donations to expand spiritual care education for individuals serving marginalized populations in a Jewish senior care facility, prisons in Connecticut and Minnesota, isolated Spanish-speaking communities, Baltimore’s inner city, and rural New York. 

This GivingTuesday, the goal is for ACPE to raise at least $7,500 to support innovative spiritual care projects, as well as professional development opportunities for ACPE students. Once ACPE raises $7,500, an anonymous donor will contribute an additional $1,000, thus making your donation go even further.

Trace Haythorn, Executive Director/CEO of ACPE, shared, “I had coffee with a former CPE student this past week. She talked about how the whole experience continues to shape the way she thinks about her sense of call and her sense of purpose. It was yet another reminder of how important this work is and why every contribution we receive has the potential to change the life of a student, to provide a patient with a deeply meaningful experience of spiritual care, to offer a staff member the support they need to continue in their work even in the most difficult times. We simply couldn’t do this without the support of the members and friends of ACPE and our foundation.”

Founded in 2012, GivingTuesday has inspired millions of people to give back and support the causes they believe in. In just seven years, GivingTuesday has radically changed how we think about generosity and showed just how much power communities everywhere have to create change.

“When GivingTuesday launched in the US in 2012, we believed that technology and social media could be used to make generosity go viral,” said Asha Curran, GivingTuesday’s CEO and co-founder. “We believed in the idea that people fundamentally want to give and to talk about giving; and that the social sector had the capacity to show more innovative leadership, creativity, and collaboration. People and organizations around the world proved us right. As we prepare for December 3, we’re energized and encouraged by the community’s generosity. The levels of creativity, effort and the quality of the new ideas people have contributed and shared are phenomenal.”

Those who are interested in joining ACPE’s GivingTuesday initiative can click here. For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, visit the GivingTuesday website (, Facebook page ( or follow @GivingTuesday and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.
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