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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Nov. 30, 2014) – The National Center for Fathering (NCF) has joined #GivingTuesday to encourage fathers to just spend time with their children on December 2.
NCF is asking fathers to set aside time on #GivingTuesday to spend with their children, as well as other children who may not have a father or father figure in their life. Fathers can visit www.fathers.com/givingtuesday to download a free idea sheet with 75 ideas to spend time with their children divided up by age group. NCF is encouraging dads to download the sheet and engage with NCF on Facebook (www.facebook.com/NCF4Dads) by using the hashtags #UNselfie and #NCFdads on posts sharing what they are doing to #GiveTIME.
Nearly 25 million children in the United States live in a home that lacks the physical presence of a father. Children from fatherless homes are more likely to be poor, become involved in drug and alcohol abuse, drop out of school and suffer from health and emotional problems. NCF works to reach fathers to reverse the negative trends in our society through research, programs, training and resources.
#GivingTuesday is the first of its kind effort that works to harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners-charities, families, businesses and individuals- to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world.
Taking place December 2, 2014 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are, today, synonymous with holiday shopping.
“#GivingTuesday is a counter narrative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday because it reminds us that the spirit of the holiday giving season should be about community and not just consumerism,” said Kathy Calvin, CEO of the UN Foundation. “The most meaningful gift we can give our children, loved ones, friends and neighbors is the commitment to work together to help build a better world.”
If interested in joining NCF’s #GivingTuesday initiative, visit www.fathers.com/givingtuesday for more details or www.fathers.com/donate to support the organization’s mission. For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org ), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday ) or follow #GivingTuesday (https://twitter.com/GivingTues ) and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.

About the National Center for Fathering
The National Center for Fathering (www.fathers.com) is a national nonprofit organization that offers innovative tools and resources that inspire and equip fathers to be more involved with their children in order to give each child a better future and to create a positive fathering legacy. NCF distinguishes itself by being the only organization that offers a simple framework for fathering including unique male-engagement programs, training, curricula and a resource-rich website.  NCF also has widely-implemented programming such as WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students), a one-of-a-kind school based father involvement program that works to support education and safety.
About #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give. It will culminate with a global day of giving on December 2, 2014. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners— charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a global moment that is dedicated to giving around the world.

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 FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Chelsea Mudd
913.378.1047
cmudd@fathers.com