12 Days of Christmas
The Society of Italian American Businessmen started the 12 Days of Christmas campaign in December 2017 with funds remaining from our small grant request allocations. In November 2017, SIAB’s board of directors reviewed our options and discussed what could be done with these additional funds to help serve the community. We decided that we would use the funds in a way that would impact smaller non-profit charities by giving them a small unsolicited grant of $1000 each.
Today, the 12 Days of Christmas campaign is ingrained into our charitable giving process and has been approved again for December 2023.
How it Works:
Each November, the charitable giving committee solicits requests from its members for up to two qualifying 501c3 charities, typically smaller in size, that will help impact its operations. The charities are reviewed and verified for their non-profit status. If they meet the requirements and we have more than 12, they are selected randomly by the committee from a container. Once the 12 charities are determined, the charitable giving committee submits them to the board for approval and then to the general membership. The announcements are made to the selected charities by the member who sponsored them. Available members gather to present the check at the non-profit’s offices during a two-week period leading up to Christmas. There you have our 12 Days of Christmas!
SIAB’s members thoroughly enjoy meeting with each organization to learn more about how they serve the community and help change lives. We also love spreading the Christmas spirit.